Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s government is just a few steps away from spiralling into political chaos.
However, an expert believes Brazil is on course to a “soft coup”. A change of hands with the government without the bloodshed, armies and bloodshed.
Corruption charges against Rousseff’s government had dominated Brazilian local media. International news have only to show Brazil’s political engagement between the left and right parties.
According to Latin American and Latino Studies at the University of California Assistant Professor Hector Perla, there’s more than just corruption or opportunism from Rousseff’s enemies to prey on her current government and its vulnerability.
It’s been normal practice for the right-wing parties to try and deter right wing parties. By opposing left-wing politicians heavily, right-wingers often resort to institutional, non-electoral and undemocratic means.
Meanwhile, accusation against Rouseff are quite weak. Evidence isn’t present to link Rousseff to corruption scandals they accuse her of.
However, the Brazilian speaker of the House, Eduardo Cunha, was named in the Panama Papers as taking bribes from a multinational corporation involving Petrobras.
A judge ordered Brazil’s wiretapping of calls between Rousseff and her mentor Lula Da Silva. The transcripts of their conversations were released to the public. The information was manipulated, according to Perla, to the advantage of right-wing organisations and news outlets.
Perla believes what happens next in Brazil will have long-term effects on socialist governments throughout Latin America.