Brazil Leader Dilma Rouseff Seeks Deals to Retain Rule

Paulo Trevisani and Marla Dickerson –  The Wall Street Journal, 03/31/2016

With her administration on the ropes and many here betting she will be gone by May, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff is scrambling to rouse support in congress and on the streets to save her job.

Following the exit of Brazil’s largest party, known as the PMDB, from her ruling coalition on Tuesday, Ms. Rousseff and her closest advisers intensified negotiations with smaller parties to put together enough votes to block impeachment proceedings fast bearing down on her, according to people involved in the talks.

The lure: plum government posts and the resources that come with them. With the PMDB set to vacate several prominent ministries, Ms. Rousseff’s administration and her Workers’ Party, or PT, are trying to shore up support from remaining allies and woo newcomers to the fold.

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