Brazil’s president says she has been deposed in a “coup,” as a dire political crisis is unfolding in the country. The Senate vice president also says the interim head of state has put the elected president “under siege” by the military.For weeks, the country’s right-wing opposition has waged a coordinated campaign against the left-wing President Dilma Rousseff.
Although Rousseff has not been charged with a crime Brazil’s legislature voted to suspend her from office over accusations that she tampered with government accounts in order to hide a budget shortfall — a non-impeachable offense that she says numerous other governments have done.
She is now facing a Senate impeachment trial for a non-impeachable offense.
Meanwhile – Rousseff – who has blasted the campaign as an illegitimate ‘coup’ has been replaced with right-wing interim President Michel Temer who is himself facing a slew of serious corruption charges.
Temer immediately replaced Rousseff’s progressive and diverse cabinet with right-wing, all-white, all-male members — the first time since 1979 that no women have served in Brazil’s presidential cabinet.
Renowned scholar Noam Chomsky has characterized the developments in Brazil ‘as a kind of soft coup’ stressing that Rousseff is ‘being impeached by a gang of thieves’.
The U.S. has remained remarkably silent about the chaos although it quietly said it will recognize the interim government – leading to accusations that it approves of the right-wing slow-motion coup.
Whistleblowing journalism organization WikiLeaks says U.S. government records show interim President Temer ‘was an embassy informant for US intelligence [and] military’..