Brazil: In the firing line

Joe Leahy – Financial Times, 9/29/2015

Just under a year ago, Luiz Lima voted in elections to give Brazil’s incumbent president Dilma Rousseff a second four-year term in power. Now, he believes the former Marxist guerrilla should be impeached.

Mr Lima supported Ms Rousseff and her Workers’ party, the PT, because of their emphasis on social programmes. But since her re-election, Latin America’s largest economy has plunged into recession, welfare schemes are under threat from a fiscal squeeze and the PT and its ruling coalition are embroiled in a corruption scandal at state-owned oil company Petrobras regarded as the biggest in Brazil’s history.

For Mr Lima, who has just left a job in Brazil’s stalled civil construction sector, the only way to restore confidence is a change at the nation’s helm. “We have to do something in this regard and it has to be now,” says the graduate from Brazil’s elite University of São Paulo.

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