Brazil's Congress A Succession of Engulfed ScandalsMay 26th 2016

Brazil's Congress A Succession of Engulfed Scandals
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"As the nation endures its worst political upheaval in a generation, the lawmakers orchestrating the ouster of President Dilma Rousseff — who was suspended on Thursday and faces an impeachment trial on charges of manipulating the budget — are coming under renewed scrutiny."

Brazil’s Line of Succession Is Engulfed in Scandals

The process against the suspended president has come to embody public anger over corruption and a battered economy. But those in the succession chain are also engulfed in scandal

"In some instances, cooperation involves the illicit exchange of cash. In 2005, a scandal known as mensalão, or big monthly payment, revealed the pervasiveness of such arrangements. To win votes in Congress, the party of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Ms. Rousseff’s mentor and the standard-bearer of the Workers’ Party, had been paying compliant lawmakers a monthly stipend of $12,000."

"Public fury over the scheme played a pivotal role in the ouster of Ms. Rousseff, who was chairwoman of Petrobras when the kickback arrangement was hatched, though she has not been accused of any wrongdoing. In her impeachment trial, she is accused of a budgetary sleight of hand in an effort to conceal Brazil’s economic troubles and win re-election in 2014 — not of stealing to enrich herself."

"Ms. Rousseff chose Michel Temer of the P.M.D.B. to be her vice president. This year, he turned against her and withdrew his party from her coalition, paving the way for Ms. Rousseff’s impeachment trial. Mr. Temer, who has been convicted of violating campaign finance limits, is now the nation’s president."

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Article by: Virna Souza [BrazilChicago]

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