Death by 1,000 defamations: Brazil riven by slow-burn impeachment struggle

Jonathan Watts – The Guardian, 10/15/2015

With its sleek modernist design and daring lines, the National Congress building in Brasília appeared to be the perfect symbol of the creativity and idealism of a young nation when it opened in the early 1960s.

Little more than 50 years on, however, it is the setting for a chaotic and demeaning political battle that has even long-term parliament watchers shaking their heads in disbelief.

Brazil desperately needs strong leadership to overcome the country’s worst economic crisis in decades, but the most powerful figures in the country’s government and legislature – president Dilma Rousseff and the speaker of the lower house Eduardo Cunha – are inching ever closer to an impeachment showdown.

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