"Michel Temer's first month as interim president has not been the stuff of dreams. Even though important elements of urgently needed economic reforms have advanced, impeachment politics continue to cast a long shadow, corruption investigations continue to percolate, and Temer's legitimacy remains under constant assault," CFR's Matthew Taylor writes in this blog post.
"Brazilian politics suffers from chronic dysfunction. More than two dozen political parties hold seats in Congress, and because most of them lack a recognizable ideology governing coalitions are stitched together through patronage—a ministry here, a state bank there. This system explains how Rousseff originally came to team up with Michel Temer, her Vice-President, who is now Brazil's acting President. Temer was not a member of Rousseff’s Workers' Party, and never bought into its declared aims of social justice. A lawyer and career politician, Temer was a member of the old political establishment, and Rousseff relied on his skills as a power broker to help her projects get through the legislature. But when public opinion turned against her, so did he," Alex Cuadros writes for the New Yorker.
"With Ms. Rousseff stripped of her authority, a sense of powerlessness and indignation pervades the Palácio da Alvorada, the cavernous residence where she is allowed to stay while the fight to oust her once and for all grinds on in the Senate. It was not supposed to be like this. Brazil was hoping to celebrate its triumphs in the run-up to the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, not play host to a jaw-dropping spectacle of political dysfunction. Ms. Rousseff, Brazil's first female president, was supposed to be preparing to greet world leaders, not enduring the humiliation of an impeachment battle that has her hanging by a thread," Simon Romero writes for the New York Times.