The Brazilian debacle: Delay and a comeback


The drama in Latin America’s largest nation continues.

Two stories from teleSUR English cover some of the latest developments.

First up, a cosmetic delay:

A verdict in the impeachment trial of Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff will not be reached until after the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in late August, O Globo newspaper reported Wednesday.

Citing advisers to Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski, who will preside over the trial in the Senate, the newspaper said a final judgment was expected following Aug. 26, five days after the games end.

The first Olympic Games to be held in South America are due to open on Aug. 5 amid political turmoil, concern about an outbreak of the Zika virus and Brazil’s deepest recession since the 1930s.

Brazilian media speculated that Rousseff’s trial on charges of breaking budgetary rules could conclude in the middle of the games.

And for our second story, a dramatic comeback declared:

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Thursday that former president and leader of the Workers Party, Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva will be a candidate for the next presidential elections in 2018.

She argued that the coup organized by the right-wing elites against her was mainly motivated by Lula’s probable candidacy, “Today, despite all the attempts to destroy his public image, Lula remains one of the most beloved personalities in the country,” she told French daily L’Express.

Lula has repeated on various occasions that the more he faces attacks, the more likely he will run for president in 2018.

He is under investigation as part of the corruption probe known as Operation Car Wash, for alleged crimes linked to the Petrobras state oil bribery and fraud scandal.

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