BRAZIL: Supreme Court Analyzes Temer Impeachment

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Impeachment talk still rings strong in Brazil after President Dilma Rousseff’s suspension from office on 12 May. Now, the Supreme Court of Brazil will consider opening an impeachment process against incumbent President Michel Temer. Temer is also implicated in the ongoing Petrobras scandal, among other misconducts.

The judge of the Federal Supreme Court (TSF) of Brazil, Marco Aurelio Mello, announced the opening request of a possible impeachment process against Temer, similar to that of temporarily deposed President Dilma Rousseff. The report follows a lawsuit filed by an independent lawyer, reported Diário de S.Paulo earlier this week.

Of Temer’s famously all male 23 new cabinet ministers, seven have already been prosecuted or investigated for corruption, while 12 received donations from companies related to the money laundering scandal of state oil company Petrobras.

Of Temer’s famously all male 23 new cabinet ministers, seven have already been prosecuted or investigated for corruption. Photo (c) NotiHoy 2015

Protests against Temer

In Sao Paulo, thousands of supporters of suspended Rousseff have clashed with opponents and police.

“The international community agrees that whoever wins will have to pay international political consequences,”  political analyst Sandino Asturias told RT.

Photo (c) teleSUR 2016

Countries in the Region React

Last Sunday, the president of El Salvador, Salvador Sanchez Ceren, took  the decision not to recognize the provisional government of Brazil, led by Michel Temer. For this reason, Sanchez has ordered the return of the El Salvadorian ambassador in Brasilia, Diana Vanegas. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has also recalled his ambassador. Paraguyan Ex-President  – who was removed from office in 2012 by what many consider a “soft coupt” – creditted the bipolarity of Brazil’s political spectrum for it’s current crisis.

“(The Rousseff administration is) faithful and thankful for solidarity we are receiving from around the world, we feel strengthened in our determination to resist the coup that aims to consume our democracy,” Rousseff wrote on her official Facebook account.

Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra has stated that Temer’s rise to the Presidency opens “new doors” for Argentine-Brazilian relations. Photo (c) El Economist ARG 2016

Meanwhile, other governments are more accepting of Rousseff’s replaced. Argentine Foreign Minister Susana Malcorra has stated that Temer’s rise to the Presidency opens “new doors” for Argentine-Brazilian relations, a reference to past foreign relations strained by Mercosur policy disagreements.

Whether Temer’s presidential fate follows in Rousseff’s footsteps, ideological change on the Latin American governmental front is tangible. Rousseff’s government is not the first populist leadership to face challenges of the times.

Rousseff’s government is not the first populist leadership to face challenges of the times. Photo (c) Minuto Uno 2015

Several months ago, socialist Bolivian President Evo Morales tightly lost a bid for a fourth term. Uruguay’s center-leftist Frente Amplio party – in power since 2005 – struggles with economic crisis, plummeting global commodity prices and hence political opposition eager to “fix it”. Numerous Kirchnerite-Peronists are being prosecuted in Argentina. Bachelet’s still struggles with student protests and internal socio-military affairs. And Venezuela defines its own category of what both extremes of the ideological spectrum there can finally agree to be “crisis”.

What can be known for certain is as Brazil changes, it is not alone.



About the Author

Ailana Navarez
Ailana Navarez is Editor-in-Chief of Pulsamerica Mangazine and Deputy Editor of International Policy Digest. She has published over 100 international relations-related articles as a political analyst / journalist with a concentration in Latin American political leadership analysis, commerce, international relations, history and security affairs. As a photographer, she has covered international summits – including of MERCOSUR and the UN. She has also written for World Press. Navarez holds a BA in Government and Psychology at Harvard, pursuing an MA in Homeland Security at Penn State, and is certified in Competitive Counter Intelligence, Technical Surveillance Countermeasures and Countering Terrorism & the Asset Threat Spectrum. She speaks English, Spanish, Portuguese and Hawaiian Creole.