After the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies accepted President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, the Senate approved it, and she will be tried in the Senate in a proceeding that has to finish within 180 days. The President of Brazil in the interim is Michel Temer, who was Dilma’s Vice President—and who is almost as unpopular as she. Few observers give high odds for her return to power. Brazil’s future now appears to be in the hands of Temer’s government, and so your humble correspondent offers here informed speculation as to what the government may do—also what it most needs to do in the current economically stressed circumstances.
The people of Brazil confront the impeachment of their President for the second time in 25 years. It is always a traumatic event. What does it mean? Is it true that President Dilma Rousseff is under attack because our elite can’t stand a popular government, as the members of her Workers’ Party (Partido dos Trabalhadores, or PT) say? Or is it a constitutional and necessary step to get rid of a thoroughly corrupt government?