[Marxism] Fwd: Brazil: Can the Workers’ Party Surmount Its Current Crisis? | Opinion | teleSUR English

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Tue Nov 3 06:49:45 MST 2015

The 13-year-reign of the Workers’ Party (PT) in Brazil hangs by a 
thread. More accurately, it hangs on 342 members of the lower 
legislative house, the number of votes needed to accept any one of a 
seemingly constant stream of impeachment requests, and begin the trial 
of President Dilma Rousseff. An impeachment trial would immediately 
suspend President Rousseff and place Vice President Michel Temer of the 
catchall, non-ideological Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) in 
power. As the PMDB also has the most members in the senate, where the 
impeachment trial would take place, this would also almost certainly 
lead to a guilty verdict and the end of the PT in power.

Once the pride of the New Left in Latin America, the PT administration 
is buffeted by the worst economic crisis to hit Brazil since the 
country’s redemocratization in 1985. It is facing accusations of 
abetting corruption at Petrobras, the state petroleum company, 
falsifying its electoral spending reports, and going back on its 
electoral campaign pledges by imposing austerity measures.


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