Opinion: Brazil’s Institutional Problem

Opinion: Brazil’s Institutional Problem

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s biggest problem is that, institutionally, it’s living a lie. The 1988 Constitution created an essentially parliamentary system with many institutional features that do not belong to a presidential one. For starters, there are now 35 registered political parties, none of which stands for anything other […]

Opinion: Brazil’s Indirect Election, Part II

Opinion: Brazil’s Indirect Election, Part II

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – In his previous column, the Curmudgeon opined that Congress, while paying lip service to the “presidential” system of government, has essentially adhered to the parliamentary method of replacing those whose job it is to lead the country, but have failed — a vote of no confidence. […]

Opinion: Brazil’s Latest Indirect Election

Opinion: Brazil’s Latest Indirect Election

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Congressional leaders and factions in Brazil have now perceived that Dilma is no longer the President, in the sense that she has ceased to preside over anything. To defend her dysfunctional presidency, she has barricaded herself behind circled wagons, whose canvas covers are red, adorned with […]

Opinion: Brazil on Tenterhooks, Part III

Opinion: Brazil on Tenterhooks, Part III

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – [Previously on ‘Brazil on Tenterhooks’: “over the weekend, former President Lula is still in limbo and we the people are still on tenterhooks.”] The weekend has ended, Holy Week has begun, but the tenterhooks are still holding both Lula and most people in suspense. The reason […]

Opinion: Brazil’s Smoking Gun?

Opinion: Brazil’s Smoking Gun?

Opinion, by Michael Royster RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Just when you thought things in Brazil couldn’t get worse, they do. Yesterday’s startling events may herald even more startling events soon, now that Lula has been sworn in as Dilma’s Chief of Staff, and Congress has begun impeachment proceedings. Early in the morning, Lula agreed […]

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