How corruption has crippled Brazilian politics

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, former president of Brazil, may have found an astonishing escape from the mind-boggling corruption investigations currently facing him. This is after it emerged that the current president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, is set to make him a very powerful cabinet minister. This would grant the corruption fugitive virtual powers to immunize himself from any criminal liability.

 

Brazil is currently in the throes of the worst economic and political crisis seen in recent history. The Zika epidemic is threatening to tear the country apart. Graft cases have shaken the national oil company to its roots. The country’s systems having been fatally crippled, Brazil can barely fight for survival.Virtually every section of the political system in Brazil is mired in scandals. With protestors increasingly demanding for her ouster, the president herself can barely stay in office. Demonstrations flared again on Wednesday, calling for her immediate removal from office. Lawmakers, on the other hand, appear to be hell-bent on having her impeached.However, impeaching President Rousseff faces serious political uncertainties. The heads of the two houses, which may be expected to step into the president’s shoes once removed from office, are themselves fighting battles of their own. They are being investigated for their possible involvement in the national oil company scandal.The country’s opposition has not faired any better. The leader of the Social Democrats, Brazil’s official opposition, is staggering under the weight of damning revelations that his family is maintaining secret bank accounts. The vice president, who is naturally expected to take over from president Rousseff, is besieged by allegations that he had a hand in the illegal purchasing scheme of ethanol.

 

Commenting on the president’s move to appoint a fugitive under investigation, Josias de Souza, a political commentator, averred that the country had turned into a banana republic. He termed the Brazilian government as a “joke”.Brazilian politics are, without any iota of doubt, in complete disarray. Corruption scandals have become the order of the day. So contagious is the spirit of corruption in the country that both the ruling party and the opposition have their hands soiled.Apparently, Brazilians have no hope for alternative leadership.The latest move to have Da Silva appointed as Chief of Staff is a pointer of worse times to come. It seems that the trend is bound to persist. In order to protect her interests, the president will have to break all expectations by surrounding herself with corrupt individuals.The president’s sentiments seem to echo this fact. Ms Rousseff maintained that the arrival of da Silva would strengthen her government. Except that she meant herself, not the government. The former president joins a government staggering from one crippling crisis to another. As to how he is going to strengthen it remains to be seen.The Chief of Staff post is bound to grant da Silva unprecedented powers equaling those of a de facto prime minister. He is likely to use this position to oversee what he couldn’t achieve when he was president.