Saturday, June 10, 2017

Meanwhile in Brazil

Sometimes it's hard to remember that people elsewhere have it worse than we have with Trump.
Brazil’s top electoral court dismissed a case on Friday that threatened to unseat President Michel Temer for alleged illegal campaign funding in the 2014 election, when he was the running mate of impeached President Dilma Rousseff.

After four days of deliberations, judges voted four to three in a case that many viewed as a measure of whether Temer could remain in office amid a growing corruption scandal and single-digit popularity.


Last month, a recording emerged that apparently captured Temer endorsing hush money to ex-house speaker Eduardo Cunha, a former Temer ally serving 15 years in prison for corruption and money laundering. Soon after that, another bombshell came out: that Temer was being investigated for allegedly receiving bribes.


There are near weekly protests calling for Temer’s ousting, frequent shouting matches in Congress, and a simmering debate in the media over whether Temer will manage to finish out his term.


“We cannot be changing the president of the Republic all the time, even if the people want to,” said the court’s chief judge, Gilmar Mendes.

Yeah.  Screw "the people".

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