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PostPosted: Thu May 12, 2016 1:34 pm 
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Thu May 12, 2016 12:55pm EDT
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Brazil's Rousseff vows to fight on after Senate vote to suspend her

BRASILIA | By Anthony Boadle and Maria Carolina Marcello

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff vowed on Thursday she would fight to prove her innocence after the Senate voted to put her on trial for breaking budget laws, a historic decision fueled by deep recession and a sprawling corruption scandal.

Rousseff, a leftist in office since 2011, was replaced by her vice president, centrist Michel Temer, who took over as interim president for the duration of a Senate trial that could take up to six months.

Speaking shortly before she left Brasilia's Planalto presidential palace, Rousseff told supporters she was notified of her suspension on Thursday morning. She reiterated what she has maintained since impeachment proceedings were launched against her last December by the lower house of Congress.

"I may have made mistakes but I did not commit any crime," Rousseff said in an angry address, calling the impeachment "fraudulent" and "a coup."

Rousseff, 68, was flanked by dozens of ministers who were leaving with her administration. Even as many of them wept, Rousseff remained stolid.

"I never imagined that it would be necessary to fight once again against a coup in this country," Rousseff said, in a reference to her youth fighting Brazil's military dictatorship.

Shortly afterward, she addressed hundreds of supporters outside, many of them dressed in the red of her Workers Party, and already shouting "Temer out!"

"This is a tragic hour for our country," Rousseff said, calling her suspension an effort by conservatives to roll back the social and economic gains made by the Workers Party during its 13 years in power.

The party rose from Brazil's labor movement and helped pull millions of people out of poverty before running into recession and scandal, with many of its leaders tainted by corruption investigations.

The Senate deliberated for 20 hours before voting 55-22 early on Thursday to put Rousseff on trial over charges that she disguised the size of the budget deficit to make the economy look healthier in the runup to her 2014 re-election.

Rousseff, an economist and former member of a Marxist guerrilla group who became Brazil's first woman president, has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing and has called the charges politically motivated.

Despite her vows to fight, she is unlikely to be acquitted in her trial.

The size of the vote to try her showed the opposition already has the support it will need to reach the two-thirds majority required to convict Rousseff and remove her definitively from office.

"It is a bitter though necessary medicine," opposition Senator Jose Serra, named on Thursday as the new foreign minister under Temer, said during the marathon Senate debate. "Having the Rousseff government continue would be a bigger tragedy."


With Brazil's economy mired in its deepest recession in decades, the incoming Temer administration sought to show it would act rapidly.

Temer aides said the incoming government would announce a series of austerity measures to help reduce a massive budget deficit. An immediate effort would seek to reform Brazil's costly pension system, possibly setting a minimum age for retirement, said one advisor.

Temer appointed Henrique Mereilles, a former central bank president and banking executive who is popular with foreign investors, as finance minister, a press officer said.

Rousseff earlier dismissed her cabinet, including the sports minister, who is in final preparations for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in August, Brazil's Official Gazette showed. The central bank governor, who has ministerial rank, was not included in the decree.

As suspended head of state, Rousseff can continue to live in her official residence, and is entitled to a staff and use of an Air Force plane.

Fireworks erupted in cities across Brazil after the Senate vote. Police briefly clashed with pro-Rousseff demonstrators in Brasilia during the vote, but the country was calm early Thursday, with scattered celebrants in São Paulo and other cities draping themselves in Brazil's green, yellow and blue flag.

Temer, 75, a constitutional scholar who spent decades in Brazil's Congress, now faces the challenge of restoring economic growth and calm at a time when Brazilians, increasingly polarized, are questioning whether their institutions can deliver on his promise of stability.

In addition to the gaping deficit, equal to more than 10 percent of its annual economic output, Brazil is suffering from rising unemployment, plummeting investment and a projected economic contraction of more than 3 percent this year.

"Only major reforms can keep Brazil from moving from crisis to crisis," says Eduardo Giannetti da Fonseca, an economist and author in São Paulo who has written extensively about the country's socioeconomic problems.

But those changes, including an overhaul of pension, tax and labor laws and a political reform to streamline fragmented parties in a mercenary Congress, could remain elusive at a time of turmoil.

In a statement on Thursday, Moody's Investors Service said continued political tension was likely to make reforms difficult. "Brazil still faces significant credit challenges including the need to reverse the ongoing economic contraction and to achieve meaningful fiscal consolidation," the ratings agency said.

Wild cards remain for Temer himself, including still-pending investigations by an electoral court into financing for his and Rousseff’s 2014 campaign.

Then there is the far-reaching kickback probe around state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA (PETR4.SA), which has ensnared dozens of corporate and political chieftains, and helped set the scene for the discontent that hobbled Rousseff.

(Additional reporting by Paulo Prada, Brad Brooks, Alonso Soto, Lisandra Paraguassy, Leonard Goy, Silvio Cascione and Guillermo Parra-Bernal.; Writing by Paulo Prada and Daniel Flynn; Editing by Kieran Murray and Frances Kerry)

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 31, 2016 7:56 pm 
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Well at least Brasile can impeach people ... more than TGLFKAO can do ...

Brazil's Senate has voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office for manipulating the budget.

Look at the process they had to go thru ... plenty of time to murder and bribe enough to stop it ... but wasn't stopped ...


Maybe hilarious can fix it once zer gets in the rainbow shack ...

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(will the rainbow shack return to being the White House?)

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PostPosted: Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:37 am 
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Bolsonaro woos Brazil voters with simple recipe for ending violence

Jair Bolsonaro topped the poll in the first round of Brazil's presidential elections, having seduced tens of millions of voters with simple -- though radical -- solutions to eradicating violence in one of the world's deadliest countries.

For many, Bolsonaro has the answer to the question that has preoccupied them for years -- how to lower the crime rate in a country with more than seven murders an hour?

"Give guns to good people," the former paratrooper insisted during campaign meetings.

"If one of us, a civilian or a soldier, is attacked... and if he fires 20 times at the assailant, he should be decorated and not have to go to court," the far-right candidate told a campaign meeting in the northern Rio neighborhood of Madureira in August.

It was a simple speech that hit the mark for Jamaya Beatriz, a manicurist from this violent suburb of Rio De Janeiro.

"I live in a dangerous neighborhood," the young woman said. "If someone breaks into my home, I want to be able to defend my children."

- Hate crimes -

Sara Winter, a right-wing candidate for the National Assembly, finds it positive that Bolsonaro wants to arm women "so they can defend themselves, increase penalties for rapists and introduce chemical castration."

Bolsonaro himself became a victim of violence during the campaign, when he was stabbed by a leftist sympathizer on September 6 and had to spend the last several weeks convalescing in hospital.

Just before the attack, he had called for "shooting" members of the Workers Party in the state in which he was campaigning.

Brazil is awash with weapons. Not only those of narco-traffickers who cross the porous Bolivian and Colombian borders, but also guns sold on the black market by crooked policemen or soldiers.

Nonetheless, a key Bolsonaro campaign pledge is to loosen gun control. "Guns are tools that can be used to kill or save lives," depending on who's handling them, he said.

Many see Bolsonaro as a kind of tropical Donald Trump but for some analysts the comparison with the US president is chilling, given the levels of Brazil's violence.

Trump's arrival in the White House caused "a considerable rise in hate crimes because people who are behind this kind of act are legitimized by someone like this," said sociologist Glauber Sezerino.

The risk is that the far-right will be emboldened to attack "black, homosexual, transgender or even left-wing supporters," warns Sezerino.

Bolsonaro's pledge to loosen gun laws "could be inspired by the United States, where you can buy small arms at Wall-Mart," said Sezerino.

The far-right leader can also count on a powerful gun lobby in parliament.

- "Hunting season" -

Bolsonaro has also said he would lower the threshold for background mental health checks needed to purchase a gun, as well as cut waiting times for the right to carry a weapon, which can sometimes be a year.

Sezerino fears that if Bolsonaro becomes president, his slogan, "a good bandit is a dead bandit" could set off "hunting season" on criminals in Brazil's favelas or other dangerous areas.

And he would only have to claim presidential prerogative to call in the army and the security forces.

This is the path taken by President Rodrigo Duterte as part of his campaign against drugs in the Philippines, where thousands have been killed in widespread extrajudicial killings -- with police seemingly immune from prosecution.

Brazil's police appear to need no encouragement. Last year 5,144 people were killed by police, an increase of 20 percent and a figure deplored by Amnesty International.

But violence is not simply an urban problem in this vast country.

Bolsonaro's view is that "the big landowners must have easier access to carrying arms to deal with the movement of landless peasants" claiming land, such as indigenous people, said Sezerino.

"They will expel people who occupy properties," said Szerino. The inference is clear -- by force.

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Brazil on Course to Usher in New Era of Hard-Right Politics
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October 28, 2018, 7:01 PM GMT+7 Updated on October 29, 2018, 2:41 AM GMT+7

Voting in runoff of presidential elections takes place Sunday
Army reservist Jair Bolsonaro expected to beat Fernando Haddad
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Great, but there'll be another election in a few years and it will usher in a new wave of social harmony a la Bernie Sanders and it's mandate will be to wipe out any good done by the Bolsonaro admin.

It's hopeless.

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