Michel Temer, Brazil’s Interim President, May Herald Shift to the Right

Simon Romero – The New York Times, 05/12/2016

BRASÍLIA — The new Brazilian president’s first pick for science minister was a creationist. He chose a soybean tycoon who has deforested large tracts of the Amazon rain forest to be his agriculture minister. And he is the first leader in decades to have no women in his cabinet at all.

The government of President Michel Temer — the 75-year-old lawyer who took the helm of Brazil on Thursday after Dilma Rousseff was suspended by the Senate to face an impeachment trial — could cause a significant shift to the political right in Latin America’s largest country.

“Temer’s government is starting out well,” Silas Malafaia, a television evangelist and author of best-selling books like “How to Defeat Satan’s Strategies,” wrote on Twitter.

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Brazil’s Temer would downsize government if Rousseff ousted

Anna Edgerton – Bloomberg, 04/19/2016

Brazil’s Vice President Michel Temer intends to downsize the government, slash spending and replace most of the cabinet and heads of state companies if President Dilma Rousseff is impeached, according to person with direct knowledge of his plans.

Temer’s first measures would be to reduce ministries by about a third, trim the number of civil servants, and cut current expenditures, according to the person who asked not to be named because the talks are confidential. He will first seek a finance minister and then assemble the rest of the cabinet around that post, including the central bank chief, the person said.

Following a lower house vote on Sunday in favor of Rousseff’s impeachment, Temer has intensified talks at his private home in Sao Paulo this week with economists and political leaders to help shape policy and a cabinet.

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