• Categories
  • Archives

Brazil: Threats and Altercation Inside Rousseff Administration’s Coalition

Michel Temer The vice president of Brazil, Michel Temer, admitted publicly “differences” inside the administration of President Dilma Rousseff following a serious, ‘loud voice’ exchange he had with cabinet chief and political coordinator Antonio Palocci who is under investigation for overnight enrichment. 

“The situation now is most calm,” said Temer, who was acting president while Dilma Rousseff left early Monday for a one day official visit to neighboring Uruguay.

Temer belongs to PMDB, the party with most votes and a crucial ally of the ruling Workers Party in congress since they hold key posts and have sufficient votes to ensure a comfortable working majority plus dominating the Senate.

The situation apparently was triggered because of the lack of dialogue with President Dilma Rousseff, and most recently the investigation into the assets of Palocci and his life style including a flat in São Paulo which he rents for US$ 9.000 per month.

The leading newspaper Folha de S. Paulo revealed that Palocci’s assets multiplied by 20 in four years and that his consulting company in 2010 did business for the equivalent of US$ 12.5 million.

Temer in an interview with Folha said he received a phone call from Palocci who in a “veiled threat” said that if the PMDB did not support the Forest Code currently under discussion in the Lower House, (which they did not), President Rousseff would begin firing PMDB ministers from the cabinet.

“The discussion was tense, I admit I raised my voice, but there was no offensive language,” said Temer who following the skirmish with Palocci received a phone call from president Rousseff requesting to put an end to the whole incident.

Temer added that apparently Rousseff was cautioned by former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva “to try and mend relations with the PMDB and recover the political initiative.”

He added that with President Rousseff he agreed to hold three meetings this week: a “smiling picture” early morning Monday at the Air Force base before the president left for Uruguay; a private meeting on Tuesday and lunch on Thursday with all the PMDB Senators included those considered “rebels.”

The clash with the government was evident last week when the Lower House with the support from the PMDB voted for an amendment in the Forest Code, which limits the Federal government monopoly to determine and regulate those areas considered of “permanent preservation.”

The spat escalated when President Rousseff feeling she had been cheated given the pre-accord to vote the code as it was sent by the Executive, let it be known she would veto those articles she considers erred if the situation was not reversed in the Senate.

During the Lower House discussion which also included an amnesty for those accused of illegal timbering further irritated the Executive. The leader of the Workers party, speaking in the name of president Rousseff said that she considered the amendments introduced “shameful for Brazil.”

Mercopress

Tags:

  • Show Comments (0)

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

comment *

  • name *

  • email *

  • website *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Ads

You May Also Like

It’s Back to Poverty for Half a Million Middle-Class Brazilians

Prosperity seems to be a rare commodity these days in Brazil. Over half a ...

Brazil Ponders an Agribusiness Overhaul to Face Global Crisis

How the global agricultural crisis will impact agriculture should be the theme of a ...

CVRD and Alcan Accused of Violating Human Rights in Brazil

A Brazilian NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) has denounced the construction cooperative of a hydro-electric basin ...

Brazil’s Exploration of Giant Tupi Oil Reserves Start

Brazil's state-controlled oil and gas company has started to extract oil from the off-shore ...

Brazil Boosts Formal Domestic Work Allowing Tax Deduction

In comments about the provisional measure (Medida Provisória, MP) that establishes incentives for the ...

Obama Increases Pressure on Brazil to Get Boeing’s F-18 Fighter Planes

The United States is still very interested in selling 36 F-18 fighter planes to ...

Brazil Buys US$ 1 Billion Abroad to Add to Reserves

Brazil’s Federal Treasury announced that it had acquired US$ 1 billion through the sale ...

Washington Says Yes to Brazil’s Plan to Keep Its Military in Haiti

The United States has endorsed a one-year extension of the mandate for the U.N. ...

The Discovery of the Brazilian Turks by Jorge Amado

Welcome to a universe of strong men and sweet, sensual women with strong personalities. ...

We Are Paying for This War

How is the U.S. government planning to cover the Iraq war’s debt? By circulating ...