Brazil: Time for Temer

Posted: September 1, 2016 in economy
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The new president takes over a country in crisis

THE street vendors who set up around Brazil’s congress must have been disappointed. Police had expected thousands to gather for the closing stages of the impeachment trial of Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s president. But when the senate voted by 61 to 20 to remove her from office on August 31st, the esplanade, bisected by a fence to prevent clashes between her foes and her supporters, was eerily empty. Her former vice-president, Michel Temer, who has been interim president since May, was sworn in hours later to serve out the remaining 28 months of her term.
It was a muted end to a remarkable era. For the past 13 years Ms Rousseff’s left-wing Workers’ Party (PT) has dominated politics. The party broke barriers. Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Ms …

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