After a long period of political turmoil, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was removed from office following her impeachment trial.
The decision to impeach her comes after Brasilia, the largest nation in Latin America, slowly drifted into a deep recession.
A set of very old budget violation laws formed the basis of the accusations. But her impeachment had less to do with her own faults, and more with the general state of mind in Brasilia. Citizens increasingly angry at the Brazilian political class. Especially after the formerly flourishing economy of the country started contracting. And the political parties face a massive corruption scandal.
The impeachment of the Brazilian President also ends the 13-year rule of the Worker’s Party. The party had managed to pull out of poverty millions of Brazilian before the economy started shrinking.
Vice President Michael Temer has stepped in to fill up the position. He has acted as interim president since Rousseff’s trial started in May.
Temer is a member of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, a more conservative organization. To counteract the recession, he is trying to introduce austerity measures.
But it seems he is just as unpopular as the former Brazilian President. Experts believe it’s unlikely he will be able to find the political support he needs to implement these measures.
However, in spite of the fact that Temer is not much popular then Rousseff, Brazilians in general are content with the outcome. Many were grateful that the long, drawn-out trial, that lasted for nearly 8 months had finally ended.
One political analysist believes Brazilians are content knowing that now they have a plan. Even though the impeachment itself did not solve Brasilia’s economic problems.
The Removal of the Brazilian President from office part of a larger trend
The leftist political movement in Latin America has faced a number of major setbacks during the past years. A few years ago, its popularity was soaring in Argentina, Venezuela and other states. But after the economy of the region started slowing down, and widespread political scandals erupted, the Left lost its appeal.
Following the results of the trial, the ambassadors of Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador returned to their home countries. The leftist governments of these countries called the impeachment a “coup”.
Many Brazilians agree with this sentiment. Rousseff’s supports argue that her impeachment had nothing to do with her misuse of government resources. Rather, she was ousted because her popularity had taken a nosedive.
Rousseff herself has called the trial the second “coup” she has had to face in her career. “The second, delivered by way of a judicial farce, took me down from a role the people elected me to” she said during a speech
Rousseff is the second Brazilian President to be impeached, out of the four the country has had since it became a democracy once again, in 1985.
The charges that led to the impeachment stemmed from a series of financial irregularities. Apparently, Rousseff had used government banks to finance social programs. Her opponents argue that this is partly why a recession hit the country.
Rousseff continues to deny the accusations. In turn, she accused Temer of contributing to her impeachment.
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