Michel Temer, Brazil’s interim president, had big plans for change in Brazil ever since the possibility of suspending Dilma Rousseff became tangible. He even had prepared an acceptance speech one month before the Senate voted to remove Dilma, where he advocated for a “national salvation” government. But last week, he saw his third minister resign, tainted with corruption allegations.
The national salvation he proposed has been hard to envision. He appointed an all-male, all-white cabinet, the first one to be so unrepresentative since 1979. Nine of his cabinet members have been linked to the Lava Jato scandal. And two of the ministers that quit were found on tape saying that toppling Dilma was the way to protect politicians from Lava Jato investigations. Ironically, one of them held the “transparency, monitoring and control” portfolio.
Perhaps Temer was misinterpreted, and all along he was rooting for his own salvation from corruption probes.
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