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Brazil: Superior Electoral Tribunal Acquits Temer, but Further Challenges Loom

Temer was on trial for illegal campaign financing accusations that surfaced in 2014, when he was vice president during Dilma Rousseff’s presidency. But while the TSE acquittal is an important lifeline for Temer in his fight to keep the presidency, the trial was only one of several judicial threats that he must face in the

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Brazil: After Rousseff’s Impeachment: Prospects for Reform and Political Stability

On 31 August, after months of political wrangling, the Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of impeaching Dilma Rousseff. Interim President Michel Temer of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) will now take over the presidency until the next national elections scheduled for October 2018. Although Rousseff’s ousting was largely expected, Senate chairman and PMDB member

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Brazil: Temer’s Administration: Unpopular, But Better than Rousseff’s

On 16 July Datafolha published the first national-level poll evaluating the performance of interim President Michel Temer’s administration. Run between 14 and 15 July, the poll is so far the most comprehensive picture of public perceptions surrounding the new government. According to Datafolha, Temer currently has a 14% approval rating – roughly the same

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Brazil: Prosecutor General Requests Arrests of Four Top PMDB Figures

On 7 June Prosecutor General Rodrigo Janot sent the STF an official request for the arrests of four major PMDB figures: suspended lower house chairman Eduardo Cunha, former President Jose Sarney, former Planning Minister Romero Juca and current Senate chairman Renan Calheiros. In Sarney’s case, the request is for house arrest due to his advanced

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Brazil: Temer’s Cabinet: A Sharp Rightward Turn

On 11 May the Senate voted overwhelmingly in favor of an impeachment trial against Dilma Rousseff by 55 votes to 22. Rousseff has now stepped down for 180 days until the Senate issues a final decision on her removal. Former Vice President Michel Temer of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) has taken over the

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Brazil: The Implications of Cunha’s Removal

On 5 May the STF issued an order to forcefully remove Eduardo Cunha from his position as chairman of the Chamber of Deputies. The decision was issued by Teori Zavascki (please see our Personality of the Week) but unanimously approved by all of the court’s members. The STF argued that Cunha could not continue in

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Brazil: Continued Impeachment Proceedings: Prospects for a Temer Presidency

On 17 April the lower house of Congress voted to continue impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff with a significant margin of 367 votes in favor of and 137 votes against her dismissal. The process will now move on to the Senate, where 41 votes out of 81 total are necessary for the impeachment to

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Brazil: Calheiros Puts Oil Sector Reform Bill Up for Senate Consideration

Following the resumption of congressional activities last week after the summer recess, Senate president and PMDB member Renan Calheiros included a bill that envisages changing the oil sector regulatory framework in the list of bills to be immediately considered. The bill, which is due to be discussed in the upper house this week and next,

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Brazil: Corruption Charges against Eduardo Cunha: Repercussions for the Political Establishment

According to information released in the last few days by the Swiss Public Ministry, which has been leading an investigation into potential money laundering, PMDB member and Chamber of Deputies President Eduardo Cunha holds bank accounts in Switzerland that have potentially been havens for millions of dollars of suspicious origin. According to Swiss authorities, Cunha