Brazil’s political chameleon nears fifth term as Senate President

Senator Renan Calheiros
Senator Renan Calheiros. Photo: Fábio Rodrigues Pozzebom/ABr

In 2014, Dilma Rousseff emerged victorious from what was, until that point, the nastiest presidential campaign ever seen in Brazil — filled with lies, personal attacks, and blows below the waistline. (Little did we know that, four years later, things would have gotten so much worse.) From the getgo, Ms. Rousseff’s second term was marked by crisis — politically and economically — and soon she had to deal with massive protests across the country demanding her removal. In March 2015, over 1 million people took to the streets against her, in what was Brazil’s largest street demonstrations since the 1980s.

From that period, two...

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