Brazil’s economy has lost more than one million jobs this year in the most severe recession in decades. Families are still searching for people missing in the sludge released when a dam burst, one of the country’s worst environmental disasters. Police officers are clashing with students on the streets of São Paulo over school closings.
Brazil’s leaders are facing major crises on multiple fronts. But instead of addressing them head on, they are consumed by a power struggle in the capital, culminating in the start of impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff.
Even for some who support ousting Ms. Rousseff, who has come under broad criticism and official scrutiny for her handling of the economy, the way in which the impeachment process started and the possibility that it could drag on for months have led to a sentiment that Brazil’s scandal-plagued political establishment may have reached a new low.