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  • In March 2016, millions of Brazilian residents took to the streets, in the largest ever public

  • outcry against their president, Dilma Rousseff. The latest scandal surrounding Rousseff involves

  • the appointment of the former Brazilian president to a high ranking cabinet position. The former

  • president, known asLula de Silva”, is facing corruption and money laundering charges,

  • and Rousseff’s appointment would grant him protection from prosecution. Protesters, along

  • with a large portion of the Brazilian congress are calling for the removal of Rousseff from

  • office. Congress has even begun impeachment proceedings. So why does Brazil hate their

  • president?

  • Well, since President Rousseff began her second term in 2014, her approval rating has plummeted,

  • reaching an all-time low of under ten percent. Many citizens blame her for Brazil’s recent

  • economic downturn, which is its worst since the 1930s Great Depression. In 2015, the country’s

  • GDP fell by almost four percent, while the value of its currency dropped by roughly a

  • quarter. Brazilians have paid roughly 10 percent more on consumer goods every year since Rousseff

  • took office in 2011, and inflation is now at its highest rate since 2003. Experts say,

  • if Brazil’s economy continues to fail at the current rate, the country will face a

  • full-blown depression by 2017.

  • Many Brazilians attribute this to bad policy, corruption and frivolous spending on the part

  • of Rousseff and her leftist Worker’s Party. Under Rousseff, the state has spent lavishly

  • on social programs and massive infrastructure projects that have gone over budget or were

  • never completed. This includes billions in public spending on the 2014 World Cup and

  • 2016 Olympics, despite the widespread public opposition.

  • Brazil’s already struggling economy sunk even further after the 2014 Petrobras Scandal,

  • in which public officials pocketed millions from fraudulent contracts with Brazil’s

  • state-run oil giant, Petrobras. Rousseff has never been directly linked to the scandal,

  • though she is strongly suspected of foul play, as she was the company’s chairwoman during

  • the period in question.. Moreover, almost every alleged or convicted offender is part

  • of her governing coalition. This includes her campaign manager and Brazil’s former

  • president, Lula, who hand picked Rousseff as his successor. Rousseff was roped even

  • further into the scandal in March 2016, as allegations surfaced that she had appointed

  • a justice to Brazil’s supreme court, ostensibly to release jailed executives.

  • But perhaps the lowest point of Rousseff’s presidency was in December 2015, when congress

  • began impeachment proceedings against her. According to her accusers, Rousseff’s 2014

  • presidential win was invalid, as her campaign was allegedly funded through illegally acquired

  • assets. Rousseff is also being cited for covering up massive budget gaps with funds from public

  • banks, essentially creating the illusion of a functioning economy while carrying out poor

  • economic policies.

  • Rousseff has denied any involvement in the Petrobras scandal, and claims she is committed

  • to fighting corruption and strengthening Brazil’s economy. And although her approval rating

  • continues to dwindle, Rousseff does have a small but vocal group of supporters. They

  • say she is a scapegoat for Brazil's extraneous economic problems, like falling commodity

  • prices and less demand from China. Moreover, experts say that Congresscase against

  • Rousseff is not strong enough to successfully remove her from office. So, whether they like

  • it or not, Brazilians will likely see another two years of President Rousseff.

  • But the President isn’t the only source of corruption in Brazil. Learn more about

  • how corrupt the hosts of the 2016 Olympics really are by watching this video up top.

  • You can also learn more about the Olympics themselves, and just how much of a disaster

  • theyve turned out to be for Brazil by watching the video below.

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なぜブラジルは大統領を嫌うのか? (Why Does Brazil Hate Its President?)

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