The time has come to bring peace, unite the country and rebuild its economy. These are the objectives of the new president, Michel Temer.
The time has come to bring peace, unite the country and rebuild its economy. These are the objectives of the new president, Michel Temer. On one hand, an unprecedented anti-corruption bust; on the other, the deepest crisis in Brazil’s republican history. Lava Jato and impeachment: the judiciary and the executive, two worlds set apart, yet capable of exerting a deep influence on each other with no holds barred. Many cumbersome actors crowd the ring: government allies, cooperating witnesses, businessmen and mediators. To varying degrees and at different moments, all of them have proven susceptible to the charm of corruption. This silent virus has consumed the South American giant over the years, restoring the feet of clay it appeared to have outgrown. In 2010, GDP was growing at 7.6%, but in 2016 the International Monetary Fund (IMF) is predicting a contraction of 3.88%. Some analysts estimate it could be as high as 4%. Governments and ministers may change, but the demands of Brazilian citizens − good public health and education − remain the same. Moreover, in contrast to the past, the “national unity” which Michel Temer, the country’s interim president, referred to at the beginning of his term in office must be rebuilt. Political polarization has widened the social gap. The result of all of this is a country that identifies with the heroes of its judiciary while condemning its political elite.