Just as the political crisis in Brazil heads toward the final Senate vote on the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, Brazilians have turned their attention to the XXI Olympiad that began on August 5 in Rio de Janeiro.
In addition to bringing in an all-white male cabinet, Brazilian interim president Michel Temer has made his priorities clear as he downgrades the importance of human rights and looks to end constitutional spending requirements on health and education.
This week’s program analyzes the rocky beginnings of the administration of Interim President Michelle Temer in Brazil. The program also provides an analysis of the Copa America in its centennial year, which includes a preview of this weekend’s finale between Argentina and Chile.
Michel Temer, Brazil’s interim president, had big plans for change in Brazil ever since the possibility of suspending Dilma Rousseff became tangible. But last week he saw his third minister resign, tainted with corruption allegations.
The program recounts the historic movements to suspend President Rousseff from office this past week along with how Michel Temer has moved initially to fill the role of interim president. The program also provides a preview of this weekend’s presidential vote in the Dominican Republic.
Impeachment processes are always messy political processes (remember Bill Clinton’s in 1998?). In the case of Brazil, by providing a constitutional exit for unpopular executives, impeachment may be what ultimately preserves Brazilian democracy.
Politics in both Brazil and the Dominican Republic provides the discussion points this week. The program covers the political arguments Rousseff is making to retain her office. It also sketches the important issues, parties, and candidates involved in the presidential race in the Dominican Republic.
As this crisis unfolds, it becomes clear that president Dilma Rousseff seems to behave more like a losing goalie – making futile attempts to shield her team, and the little that remains of her government’s viability – than like the president which Brazilians vested with trust, and legitimacy to “lead” in 2011.