Brazil’s Impeachment: Overcoming Corruption and Economic Troubles with New Leadership

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been impeached and officially removed from Office. Dilma and her supporters continue to argue that she is innocent of any wrongdoing for her alleged role in transferring money from state-owned oil company Petrobras to hide a Budget deficit as part of an effort to bolster her reelection bid and to elicit funds for her reelection campaign as well as her attempt to shield her predecessor Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from prosecution. As her impeachment is largely the result of political retaliation, Rousseff is more likely than not a victim of corrupt public officials who are abusing anti-corruption laws to seize power, but Dilma is now the past. Brazil needs to move forward with new leadership.

Brazil currently faces two major threats: economic recession and a political crisis fueled by the state of the economy and corruption. With 60% of Brazil’s Congressmen facing accusations of corruption, Dilma’s fall does little to solve massive corruption in Brazil. Clearly, corruption from the Rousseff administration could not be tolerated, but newly installed President Michel Temer and his allies are far worse. For violating campaign laws alone, Temer already cannot seek public office again for another eight years. As the ultimate lame duck President, Temer’s capacity to effectively govern is limited to managing Dilma Rousseff’s policies and ushering in new elections, which is not what Temer has planned.