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.
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.
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.
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.
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.