August 10, 2016

#BrazilNuts: Olympics Shine While Dilma Despairs

It was another successful day at the Rio 2016 Olympics despite a little behind-the-scenes turmoil. That’s okay because fighting “corruption” is, after all, Brazil’s favorite Olympic sport. The Senate voted 59-21 to accept charges against former president Dilma Rousseff and put her on trial for breaking budget laws. The final vote will take place at the end of the month when the evidence has been presented, but the damage has already been done. A two-thirds majority is needed to remove her from office, which is five votes less than what her opponents put together yesterday. If she is impeached, the even more unpopular Michel Temer will see out the rest of her mandate until 2018. 

Yes, I want to sound marginally more intelligent: