What Does the Future Hold for Brazil’s Embattled Workers’ Party?

A flag pole covered with the Portuguese words, "Darling Dilma," under a picture of former President Dilma Rousseff, at the presidential residence, Brasilia, Brazil, Sept. 6, 2016 (AP photo by Eraldo Peres).
A flag pole covered with the Portuguese words, "Darling Dilma," under a picture of former President Dilma Rousseff, at the presidential residence, Brasilia, Brazil, Sept. 6, 2016 (AP photo by Eraldo Peres).
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For too long, there has been little accountability in Brazilian politics. Corrupt politicians often benefit from both an intricate and lax judicial system and public opinion that seems to be, in many cases, overly lenient toward cases of corruption. The proverb that “Caesar’s wife must be above suspicion” could apply to every Brazilian politician—and not just their spouses. Many suspicious or even formally suspected figures lurk in the sizable shadow of doubt that looms over the country’s political landscape. Almost 40 percent of Brazil’s lawmakers are currently under some kind of investigation. Beneath this blanket of impunity, though, some promising […]

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