Brazil wants elections, but not Dilma Rousseff


Brazil is the world’s sixth most populous country, trailing only China, India, the United States, and Indonesia. In terms of land area, Brazil is the fifth largest country in total land area, after Russia, Canada, the U.S., and China.

But for some strange reason, U.S. media largely ignore events in Brazil, save for the occasional Olympics and that titillating footage from Samba festivals and that Dionysian Carnival.

But Brazil is a major market for U,S. multinationals, especially Big Agra and its patented seeds.

So we’ve been regularly following events in the biggest neighbor to the South.

Dilma Rousseff, the former rebel who won election to the Brazilian presidency and took office on 1 January 2011, then was ousted in a legislative coup 12 May 2016, replaced by the opposing party’s Michel Temer, who had been serving as vice president.
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, her popular presidential predecessor, has already indicated he’s seriously contemplating an electoral curtain call, while Temer and his colleagues find themselves implicated in a whole welter of sandals of their own.

And now Brazilians want to hit reset.

From teleSUR English:

More than half of Brazil supports holding presidential elections this year, which contrasts with the findings from a recent controversial poll carried out by the Datafolha institute.

The Ipsos data, which was released by BBC Brasil on Tuesday, indicated that among the 52 percent of Brazilians who support holding presidential elections, 38 percent of respondents said that interim President Michael Temer should stay in office before early elections. Meanwhile, 14 percent stated that they would prefer seeing Dilma Rousseff return as their country’s leader before an early vote is held.

According to the Brazilian constitution, early elections cannot take place without receiving the approval from three-fifths of the country’s Congress or in the case of a joint resignation by Temer and Rousseff.

Meanwhile, opposition to Temer’s government, which began on May 12 when Brazil’s Senate suspended Dilma Rousseff for breaking budget laws, remained high with 68 percent of respondents saying that they either totally or somewhat disapproved of the interim president.

A string of recent scandals has weakened Temer as he seeks to build support in the Senate to definitively remove Rousseff, who has described her impeachment as a coup.

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