Monday, May 2nd 2016 - 05:42 UTC

Rousseff pledges “to fight to the end” and some groups anticipate “civil disobedience”

“If they can do this to me, what will they do to working people?” she asked, announcing a new increase to the family allowance program called Bolsa Familia.

Brazil's populist president Dilma Rousseff vowed at a protest on Sunday, International Labour Day, that she would go down fighting ahead of what could be her final full week in power before impeachment.

Friday, April 29th 2016 - 06:50 UTC

Brazil's central bank leaves benchmark rate at 14.25% forced by stubborn inflation

“The distance between inflation expectations and the inflation targeting regime objectives do not allow monetary policy easing” said the bank's release.

Brazil's central bank left its benchmark interest rate on hold at 14.25% for a sixth consecutive time, amid stubbornly high inflation and political uncertainty. The bank which makes rate decisions eight times a year has held its key Selic rate steady since the last of seven consecutive hikes in July 2015.

Friday, April 29th 2016 - 05:44 UTC

Mercosur unmoved by Rousseff''s invocation of the “democratic clause”

Argentina said it is most respectful of the Brazilian constitutional process

“We respect the Brazilian constitutional process” and thus Argentina does not have plans to follow on president Dilma Rousseff announcement that she will appeal to Mercosur to implement the “democratic clause” if the impeachment process to remove the head of state from office advances in the country's Senate.

Thursday, April 28th 2016 - 07:59 UTC

Lula's party would call for fresh elections if Dilma is removed from office

Rousseff admits that a period of 180 days out of office with PMDB Temer as acting president would create the “worst possible” conditions for her to return

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff concedes that even if the full Senate finally votes against her impeachment, she may be obliged to support the call for new presidential elections this year, according to Folha, one of Sao Paulo's most influential dailies.

Thursday, April 28th 2016 - 07:27 UTC

Amnesty said killings in Rio's favelas have increased alarmingly ahead of Olympics

“Residents in many of Rio de Janeiro's favelas are living in terror after at least 11 people have been killed in police shootings since the beginning of the month”

Amnesty International said on Wednesday that residents of Olympic host Rio de Janeiro's slum favelas are “living in terror” after 11 people were killed in police shootings in the past month. The rights group said at least 307 people were killed by police in the city last year and called on Brazilian authorities to take action in the 100 days ahead of the start of the Rio Games on August 5.

Wednesday, April 27th 2016 - 07:32 UTC

Only five of the Brazilian Senate 21-member committee declared support for Rousseff

Although the temporary removal of Rousseff is taken for granted, a survey by Folha de São Paulo shows that there is still not enough votes in the Senate

Brazil’s Senate chose the 21 members of a commission that will recommend whether or not to move forward with impeachment proceedings against embattled President Dilma Rousseff. As was expected, the Senate picked a committee stacked with supporters of impeachment that will report back on whether to put Rousseff on trial. Only five of the committee’s 21 members have declared their support for the populist president.

Wednesday, April 27th 2016 - 07:23 UTC

Brazilians want fresh elections; only 8% support a government headed by Temer

Just over 60% of respondents said that scenario would be the best way out of the crisis, although no such solution is stipulated under Brazil’s Constitution.

A poll released on Monday showed Brazilians overwhelmingly favored the hypothetical resignation of both President Dilma Rousseff and her vice-president Michel Temer, followed by new presidential elections. Just over 60% of respondents said that scenario would be the best way out of the crisis, although no such solution is stipulated under Brazil’s Constitution.

Tuesday, April 26th 2016 - 09:11 UTC

Brazil's main opposition party divided on support to a possible Temer government

PSDB will support a government led by Michel Temer from the aisles of Congress if Rousseff is unseated, but the party is split over whether to join his cabinet.

Brazil's largest opposition party is divided over how strongly to back a new interim government if it succeeds in having President Dilma Rousseff stripped of office, as it eyes a run at the presidency in 2018, senior members said on Monday.

Tuesday, April 26th 2016 - 09:02 UTC

Lula warns that if Rousseff's impeachment advances, PT will resist in the streets

The initiative seeking Rousseff's removal “is headed by corrupt politicians who are not accommodating themselves to the result at the polls,” Lula said.

Former President Lula da Silva attacked on Monday the “gang” of lawmakers who “have implanted an agenda of chaos” in Brazil by pushing to impeach and remove incumbent head of state Dilma Rousseff. Lula participated in Sao Paulo in a seminar with representatives of leftist parties, including Italy's former Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema.

Monday, April 25th 2016 - 06:05 UTC

Meirelles mentioned as Finance minister in a Vice-president Temer administration

Folha reported Meirelles and Temer met in Brasilia. Meirelles told Folha he had agreed to advise Temer but had not been invited to join a potential cabinet.

If Brazilian Vice President Michel Temer takes power, former central bank President Henrique Meirelles would accept the position of finance minister under the condition he was given approval rights over members of the entire economic team, newspaper Folha de S. Paulo reported on Sunday.


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