Dilma’s impeachment to cast a shadow on Rio Olympics?

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The Olympic torch has already been passed on from Greece to Brazilian representatives, but ongoing political uncertainty, corruption scandals, pollution and security concerns seem to be haunting the upcoming event. The international community has been watching the current Brazilian political crises and corruption scandals unfold in astonishment and disbelief. Recently, the Brazilian parliament’s lower house overwhelmingly approved a motion to impeach the first female Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff. The embattled president has stepped down and has been temporarily replaced by Vice President Michel Temer from a centre-right political party. Rousseff began her second term in office with unimpressive popularity due to a sluggish economy and accusations of corruption and misappropriation of public funds during her administration. But it was only with the uncovering of the state-run oil company Petrobras corruption scandal as part of Operation Car Wash that Rousseff may have finally lost political support from mainstream Brazilian society.


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