The announcement by the Workers' Party (PT) comes after the resignation of Brazil's Health Minister, Nelson Teich, less than a month after taking office.
Trump and Brazil's Bolsonaro both downplayed the coronavirus pandemic. Now Brazil faces a US travel ban as it overtakes the U.S. with the highest daily death count.
Brazil is now second only to the U.S. in having the highest number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the world.
Speaking to CNN via webcam from his home outside São Paolo, Lula as he's known to all, said Bolsonaro deserves to be impeached for what he considers an "irresponsible" and "negligent" handling of not just the coronavirus crisis, but also the country's economic collapse.
The president is urged to reconsider, after accusing the health body of being a "puppet of China".
Brazil has now claimed the grim title of most Covid-19 cases globally after the US. More than 25,000 people in Brazil have died, and some experts say the death toll could quintuple by August. Hospitals and graveyards alike are being stretched to their limits.
Action comes as coronavirus cases in Brazil soar to 363,000 and death toll hits 23,000Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageBrazil’s embattled leader, Jair Bolsonaro, has come under further pressure after his political idol, the US president Donald Trump, banned flights from the South American country in response to its soaring number of coronavirus infections.
President Donald Trump suspended travel from Brazil to the United States on Sunday as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to worsen in South America.
Calls are set to be made for a full probe as the World Health Organisation holds its assembly today and tomorrow.
President Trump’s predecessors took different approaches when responding — or not responding — to police killings or assaults of black men. But they never threatened violence against protesters.
Brazil’s collective jaw dropped when a profanity-laced video of President Jair Bolsonaro meeting with his cabinet was released by a Supreme Court judge and went viral. The April 22 meeting is being investigated by prosecutors looking into claims by a former justice minister that the far-right Bolsonaro tried to interfere in federal police probes, AFP