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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 the hammer and sickle.

Her last hope for salvation — the once and future (he hopes) President Lula — now sorely wounded in his Achilles heel, has given up the struggle.

The spoils system, introduced and perfected by President Lula to control Congress, has now become ineffective. Members . . .

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