[News] Brazil - Rousseff Ousted over Her Opposition to Neoliberalism

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  Rousseff Ousted over Her Opposition to Neoliberalism: Temer

September 23, 2016

Brazilian President Michel Temer told a crowd of business leaders in New 
York that the parliamentary coup that ousted former President Dilma 
Rousseff was carried out in response to her opposition to a neoliberal 
program defended by his political party.

Temer had earlier claimed before the U.N. General Assembly that the coup 
that brought him to power followed the “constitutional order,” as it 
complied with the impeachment process outlined in the country's 

Rousseff was formally impeached over her budgeting practices, which were 
also widely exercised by previous presidents. Supporters of Rousseff 
sustained that the issue of budget practices was a smokescreen and that 
her impeachment was driven by political interests.

However, in his speech on Wednesday Temer did not mention Rousseff's 
budget practices but instead talked about her opposition to the 
neoliberal policies promoted by his party.

Temer, who was Rousseff's running mate in 2014, is not a member of the 
leftist Workers' Party but instead belongs to the centrist Brazilian 
Democratic Movement Party, known as the PMDB.

The de facto president told those gathering at the Council of the 
Americas that he and the PMDB had proposed a document called “A Bridge 
for the Future” approximately a year ago.

That document called for the Rousseff government to abandon the 
political mandate it was granted through its electoral win, and to adopt 
a neoliberal agenda that included cuts to social programs and benefits, 
an increase in the retirement age, and the privatization of state 

Temer then said that as a result of Rousseff's rejection of that program 
“a process, now culminating with my consummation as president of the 
republic, was initiated.”

With that comment, Temer effectively confirmed accusations that the 
parliamentary coup had nothing to do with Rousseff's budget practices 
but rather the desire of Brazil's economic and political elites to 
implement neoliberal policies.

Temer's coup government has pursued a hardline neoliberal program, which 
includes freezing spending in social areas for 20 years and plans to 
auction off 32 major resource and infrastructure projects.

The coup regime has been criticized for pursuing a political program 
rejected by Brazilians in the previous election that saw Rousseff 
re-elected in 2014. Temer's cabinet includes many of the Workers' 
Party's political adversaries, including Jose Serra, whom Rousseff 
defeated in the 2010 election.

Temer is scheduled to complete Rousseff’s presidential term until the 
next scheduled election in late 2018.

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