In a bold move, the Brazilian Senate moved, with a vote or 55 to 20 to suspend its sitting President Dilma Rousseff, who, along with the former President Lula Da Silva, has been incriminated in one of Brazil’s biggest corruption scandals in its nearly 200 year history. This move comes at a politically sensitive time as the Summer Olympics which will be held this year in Rio De Janeiro are just around the corner.
President Rousseff has been suspended pending her impeachment trial by the Brazilian Senate. To be honest, her prospects for vindication are not looking pretty good. Rousseff has been temporarily replaced by Vice President Michel Temer as of yesterday, May 12. President Rousseff is well known for being close with former President Lula Da Silva, who is currently under indictment for corruption. This move also comes at a time when unemployment is at a staggering 9%. President Rousseff, like former President Da Silva was never a member of the elite. It should be mentioned that Vice President Temer is, and always has been a member of the elite, but until now has always preferred to take the back seat to any sort of government and remain in the shadows. That is until now.
The future of the Brazilian Government is neither certain, nor does it look good. It should be interesting to see how this all plays out over the next few weeks, especially during a time like now, leading up to the Olympics.