Ousting of Brazil’s Senate Speaker Another Blow to Government

Removal of Renan Calheiros from Senate Presidency by Supreme Court is likely to delay Congressional approval of President Michel Temer's austerity measures.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – A Brazilian Supreme Court Justice removed Senator Renan Calheiros from the Senate Presidency on Monday, December 5th, after he was found guilty of embezzlement last week. The removal of Calheiros is just the latest blow to Michel Temer’s government and is likely to delay Congressional approval of much-needed austerity measures.

Although government leaders in Congress were quick on Monday to state that there would be no delays in approving the Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?