Opinion: Brazil’s Power Vacuum

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Aristotle is said to have coined the phrase “Nature abhors a vacuum”. Down the years, political scientists have denatured the phrase to define “power vacuum” as a situation where people have lost control of something and no one has replaced them.

Dilma has clearly lost control of Brazil’s government, and as yet no one has replaced her; however, there is no shortage of politicians who abhor the vacuum and seek to step into it as her successor.

Back in August, when pressure was mounting on Dilma to resign, Vice President Temer . . .

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