Results of poor leadership in Brazil

Only a miracle can save the mandate of President Dilma Rousseff.

It will take just a few more days to meet necessary constitutional requirements and specialists say the Brazilian Senate is voting Rousseff’s fate on May 11th.

Dilma Rousseff was elected President in 2011. Rousseff was the Chief of Staff of her predecessor Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, the former President had almost 90% approval rate and endorsed his Chief of staff promising electors a great leader with an extraordinary management capacity. Unfortunately, Rousseff failed to deliver her predecessor’s promises.

Problems dealing with people, the economy and poor tact with her own staff, Ministers and Congress are a few reasons Rousseff is in trouble. She made so many poor decisions in so many areas that it’s nearly impossible to understand why Brazilians re-elected her on the first place, now it’s time to harvest the results of her sloppy job.

There are 513 deputies in the Lower House and President Rousseff had only 137 votes against the impeachment. In the period between opening the impeachment process and a few days prior voting her impeachment, Party Leaders were unsure of the existence of 342 votes to send the process to the Senate. Today, leaders in Senate are unsure if all the Senators of her own party will vote against her impeachment.

Naturally, the President is aware of her problems and is showing her true character. Rousseff is deliberately lying to the poorest saying that Vice-President Michel Temer will end many of the social programs, she is spreading to world leaders she is being the victim of a coup and democracy in the country is at stake. Furthermore, the President made clear she won’t make the transition peacefully and have ordered ministers not to provide any kind of information for their successors while she is still in office.

It’s understandable the President is upset with this process. Besides, there is a fair share of unsatisfied people, including this writer, that believes dealing with Dilma Rousseff to the end of her mandate might be a better lesson to remind people the importance of long term thinking and focus in voting well is more important than winning the World Cup. However, being President requires a greater sense of patriotism to protect the country’s best interest than Rousseff is showing. So, the country must welcome Temer’s time in office and hope he can lead the country out of the problems Rousseff put Brazil into.


2 thoughts on “Results of poor leadership in Brazil

  1. Michael says:

    Poor leadership is no reason for impeaching any President. Poor leadership (if so perceived by the majority) is reason for not electing any President, during regular elections. The opposition in Brazil has made crystal clear to the world that our democracy is no better than a fancy word to “the government of those who (some people think) should rule, not of those who were elected by the people to rule”. Should you need to write on poor activities, may I suggest you write about the poor juridical grounds on which the impeachment procedure is being conducted. Miguel Reale Jr.’s and Janaína Paschoal’s participation in the Senate discussions last week are a profitable source for your incoming texts on the matter.


    • Michael,
      Thank you for your comment and input. As for your comment, you are right, poor leadership is no reason for an impeachment and I’m afraid it’s not the reason she is facing this process. Unfortunately, Ms. Rousseff broke a law and it’s too bad if you and her other fellow supporters consider that “poor juridical ground”. As I said in my last paragraph, I don’t think it’s a bad idea to leave the President in charge until 2018. However, looks like the majority of the Congress disagrees with me.


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