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By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – As Brazil’s President Michel Temer reaches the six-month mark as head of South America’s largest country, over the weekend, the Temer administration released a video account of the president’s accomplishments so far.

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President Michel Temer waves to reporters during his first speech as Brazil’s new leader, photo by Valter Campanato/Agencia Brasil.

“After a long winter it seems that a light has been turned on in the horizon,” said President Temer in a video released of his accomplishment during these past six months.

The video notes that the government cut more than 4,000 commissioned positions and reduced the number of ministries. Some of these cuts, however, were simply positions which were left unoccupied and although the Administration did reduce the number of Ministries from 32 to 24, one of them, the Culture Ministry, was only left as a separate government ministry after Brazilian artists and intellectuals protested.

In the economic front, the video highlights that inflation has decreased and that for the first time in four years the benchmark interest rate was reduced by Brazil’s Central Bank. The video also shows that gasoline prices decreased at refineries, although at the pumps the decrease has not been seen, and in some states the fuel has actually increased in price due to the increase in ethanol prices.

The Temer Administration also boasts that during the past six months, consumer and business confidence has slowly started to recover and that forecasts for industrial production and sales next year look promising.

In the social front, however, the Administration highlights that it has conducted audits on major social programs, such as Bolsa Familia (Family Scholarship) and Minha Casa Minha Vida (My House, My Life), removing hundreds of families from these programs.

In the environmental sector, government officials noted that Brazil, during the Temer Administration, was one of the first countries to confirm its participation in the Paris Agreement, an effort by more than 190 countries to contain climate change.

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1 COMMENT

  1. Whatever complaints or concerns there are regarding the Temer government having replaced the impeached Dilma Rousseff, it seems some progress is being made to slow, stabilize and ultimately reverse the damage incurred under the PT government. It would be a challenge to any President under these circumstances, to repair the immense damage and corruption experienced under the previous administration.

    President Temer may draw the ire and criticism of those who still support the Pt party socialistic, communist agenda to undermine and subvert democracy in Brazil, but that is a small penalty to pay for him trying to fix a broken system. Confidence and stability in the Brazilian government are absolutely vital if any serious economic recovery, with all the associated benefits and growth, is to take place.

    Before that happens Temer must silence, or at least convince, all his denigrators, that he is moving in the right direction. A quick fix will not be enough. Brazilians know from past experiences that quick fixes do not work.

    Meaningful recovery will take a long, arduous, road filled with mistakes, wrong turns, resistance and censure. It will be painful and unpopular to the special interest groups. Change of any kind, is not easy nor welcomed by those who stand to lose by it.

    Temer knows change is not only needed but demanded by the Brazilian people. He is taking steps to do so. Baby steps perhaps, but forward movement nonetheless. Michel Temer is underestimated and unappreciated as the President of Brazil.

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