Temer Faces Accusations and Toughest Moment of His Administration
When Brazil seemed to be turning a corner and good economic news was grounding hopes for a recovery, though modest, of GDP this year, the country was surprised by the astonishing charges made against President Temer last Wednesday by the billionaire owner of meatpacker JBS.
Now, uncertainty has made a comeback and it is very difficult to foresee the developments of the revived crisis. What is considered sure is that the calendar for the much needed labor and pension reforms is suspended.
Twice after last week’s earthquake, Temer empathically denied he will resign, although if he did that would be the fastest way out of the present national gridlock. Calls for resignation came from several sectors and tend to increase with time.
Protesting innocence from the charges of having endorsed or received bribes and having blessed a pay-off to former House Speaker Eduardo Cunha, who is now in jail, Temer alleges to be a victim of an ambush.
If this Wednesday the Supreme Court does not approve Temer’s petition to suspend the probes against him, chances are that his government will be ensnared by political turmoil for the remaining time he stays in office.
One of the main parties in his coalition, PSB, has already left him and joined the opposition. Others, including PSDB, the most important besides Temer’s own PMDB, have postponed a decision until the Supreme Court judges the President’s petition that could offer him a minimal respite.More Testimonials