Seeds: Brazil has had a long history of corruption in their governmental system. Most recently, Dilma Rousseff, elected in 2011 as Brazil’s first female president, has faced many scandals, the largest being her involvement with Petrobras, a billion-dollar oil corporation whose leaders were involved in money-laundering. Investigators suggested that the president accepted bribes in order to keep the company’s misdealings secret. As a result, Brazil is suffering from a poor economy and has witnessed hundreds of protests.
Core: This week, the country’s lower house of the Brazilian National Congress (similar to American House of Representatives) voted to impeach Dilma Rousseff, the current president of Brazil. In response, she publicly stated she will not back down, despite the protests asking for her resignation.
Skin: Overall, Rousseff’s approval ratings have fallen below 8%. Some Brazilians don’t believe impeachment is the rightful course of action, however, and state that the act of impeachment is equivalent to a coup designed to destabilize the shaky democracy in Brazil.
Leaves: The Brazilian Senate still needs to vote on Rousseff’s impeachment, but if they receive the ⅔ majority required to remove her from office, the Vice President will take her place. Nonetheless, even if she is not removed, the political instability in Brazil will likely continue.
Food For Thought: Do you think that the Brazilian government will impeach President Rousseff? Do you think that there are other presidents who are involved in corrupt dealings?