Friday, March 18th 2016 - 03:12 UTC

Brazilian markets surge on prospects Rousseff will be removed

Brazilian share prices surged on Thursday to close 6.6% higher, a seven-year record, after fresh setbacks to populist President Dilma Rousseff raised the prospect of her being driven from power.

The Bovespa index of leading shares closed at 50,913 points after lawmakers re launched impeachment proceedings against Rousseff

The Brazilian Real strengthened by 2.38% to 3.652 per dollar. So far this year it has gained 8.16% as pressure has mounted on Rousseff and Lula

 The Sao Paulo stock market’s Bovespa index of leading shares closed at 50,913 points after lawmakers re launched impeachment proceedings against Rousseff and a judge blocked her bid to bring her predecessor Lula da Silva into her Cabinet.

Noting the surge earlier in the day, analysts cited optimism that controversy over Lula’s appointment could mark the beginning of the end for Rousseff, who is presiding over Brazil’s worst recession in 25 years.

“The market is celebrating the end of this government,” said economic analyst Andre Leite of TAG Investimentos.

On currency markets, the Brazilian real strengthened by 2.38% to 3.652 per dollar. It has gained 8.16% against the dollar so far this year as pressure has mounted on Rousseff and Lula, after plunging by 32.6% overall in 2015.

The fresh setbacks for Rousseff, 68, struck a day after fresh street protests, sparked by new evidence in a state corruption scandal that pointed to connivance between her and her mentor Lula.

Just hours after Rousseff swore in Lula, 70, as her new chief of staff, a judge issued a ruling suspending the appointment over allegations that she was trying to protect him from corruption charges.

Rousseff accused her enemies of mounting a “coup” against her.

Lula and Rousseff have between them governed Brazil for the past 13 years. Lula presided over a boom, but political and economic crises are now gripping Latin America’s biggest economy.

Brazil's powerful industry lobby, the CNI, said the political crisis was having ”catastrophic” consequences for businesses and called on the country's politicians to overcome their differences to restore confidence.

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1 ChrisR (#) Mar 18th, 2016 - 10:46 am Report abuse
Never count your chickens until they are hatched.

Now she has The Chief Crook Lula to 'help' her who knows what will happen?

Civil unrest and extreme violence? Military intervention? Armed takeover from a neighbour or a band of neighbours?

Ha, ha, ha. The circus goes on!
2 Klingon (#) Mar 18th, 2016 - 11:18 am Report abuse
Chris have you been sleeping with Conquerer again, by the tone of your posts.
Where is that mangy old fool anyway?
3 Captain Poppy (#) Mar 18th, 2016 - 02:40 pm Report abuse
I think Elizabeth had him shot for the good of the nation.
4 Klingon (#) Mar 18th, 2016 - 03:58 pm Report abuse
@3 Or the F Islanders to stop them being embarrassed so much on MP.
5 ChrisR (#) Mar 18th, 2016 - 06:23 pm Report abuse
@ 2 Klingon

What's the problem?

History has a way of repeating itself in LatAM or are you claiming that such things have never happened in that area before?

No, I didn't think so.

Don't know where Conqueror is, perhaps he's in training to takeover Brazil.

A pack of Girl Guides from Stoke on Trent could do that on their own.
6 Captain Poppy (#) Mar 18th, 2016 - 06:24 pm Report abuse
There are some good people on MP posting, British, Islanders, Argentines and North Americans. He is one that I imagine even the Brits roll their eyes over. I think is quite evident who is which.

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