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Political earthquake in Brazil

Wednesday, 31 May 2017 07:59
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by Valeria Aghilarre (EPOS)
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Luiz Inàcio Lula da Silva became president in 2002 with 90% of popularity in the country, as the first leftist leader in nearly half a century. He proposed a change and for a certain period realized it, in fact Brazil lived a metamorphosis coming back in the international scene with a different face. Job places were created and infrastructures were rebuilt as railways, power station and basic sanitation thanks to federal funding, for the poor and working-class established a program, "Famìlia Bolsa", that gave an amount of money in return to those families that had vaccinated their children and kept them in school. Even if the country lived a prosperous economic period some people think that Lula’s success would not have been possible without Fernando Henrique Cardoso, his predecessors, measures that opened the economy to foreign capitals. In response to them Paulo Kliass, a Brazilian economist, pointed out that all the policies adopted by Lula’s government helped the country in suffer less the 2008 economic crisis.

After two mandates, Lula supported the election of Dilma Roussef that became the first woman President of Brazil in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014. At the very first, she had a good consensus that began to drop in 2013 when the economic decline started. On May 12, 2016 Roussef was impeached by the Senate and removed officially on 31 August from her office with the accusation of having falsified the national budget. “They think they’ve defeated us, but they’re wrong”, she said after being ousted, “I know we will all fight.”

Her former Vice-president, Michel Temer, was appointed as the new President, and he should stay in charge until the official end of the mandate in 2018. In his first television speech as the new Head of the State, he said “Our motto is to spend only what we collect” and talked of privatization, deregulation and fiscal discipline, promising to revive the economy but many analysts are skeptical about the result.

Last May 18 2017 a new scandal emerged and it involves Temer, who was secretly recorded while he was talking about cash payments that implicates acts of corruption. For this reason, the members of the Brazilian congress are pushing for his impeachment, the same members who proposed it for Dilma Roussed. Citizens are manifesting down the streets and are asking for anticipated elections that are a valid possibility right now, even if Temer assured that he will not dismiss.


DISCLAIMER: The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect EPOS WorldView’s

Last modified on Wednesday, 31 May 2017 09:27
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