Discord in Brazil’s Government Branches Threatens Reforms

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – If the economic slump, high unemployment and protests against government measures weren’t enough, Brazil’s President Michel Temer now tries to defuse the tension between Senate President, Renan Calheiros and Supreme Court Chief Justice, Carmen Lucia Rocha.

The heads of the legislative and judiciary powers traded harsh words this week over the role of judiciary in the arrest of Senate police officials by federal police. The riff may delay Congressional approval of much-needed economic measures.

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