New president, same crises in Brazil
BRASÍLIA—It could be a short honeymoon for Brazil’s interim president Michel Temer, who replaces a deeply unpopular leader but inherits many of the same problems.
Brazilians are hoping their country can finally move on from a months-long battle over suspended president Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, which distracted their political leaders from a laundry list of woes, including the worst recession in decades.
But although Temer has the backing of the business world, political analysts say he will likely hit many of the same stumbling blocks as did Rousseff, who was suspended by the Senate on Thursday for up to 180 days pending an impeachment trial on charges of hiding budget shortfalls.
Temer, who has spent his career in the wings of power but never at center stage, will also face some new challenges all his own. - Sick of politics A 75-year-old veteran of the center-right, Temer is just about as unpopular as Rousseff, the leftist leader he served as vice president in an awkward, ultimately aborted alliance.
While Rousseff’s approval rating has tumbled below 10 percent, Temer would receive just one to two percent of the vote in presidential elections, according to a recent poll.
He has a reputation in Brasilia as a deft backdoor negotiator, but is short on charisma and was allbut unknown to many voters until recently.
Condemned by Rousseff as the “coup-monger in chief,” he could struggle to heal the wounds of the impeachment battle and restore faith in a political system many Brazilians see as hopelessly corrupt.
“He will inherit a good part of Brazilians’ dissatisfaction with the kind of traditional politics he represents,” said Thiago Bottino, an analyst at the Getulio Vargas Foundation. “It’s not going to be easy for him to present himself as a new man with no relation to the felled leadership.”
Lincoln Secco, a historian at the University of Sao Paulo, said Temer would also face another problem: Rousseff.
“For five to six months, we’ll have the president (Rousseff), but she won’t exercise that function. Temer will have the president’s shadow hanging over him, pressuring his government to achieve fast results,” he said.—AFP
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