Political Scandals Shock Brazil

By Gabriel Hernandes and Arianna Chen

During the third committee session of the Advisory Panel on União Reform, mass protests were taking place all around Brazil and Dilma Rousseff´s corruption scandals were the main focus of the discussion. The people wanted to set the ex-president of Brazil, Luiz Inácio “Lula” da Silva, free. Lula feels that he was wrongly accused of being in charge of the protests and compared himself with Nelson Mandela as a "man of the people."

Lula counts himself among those who do not want Dilma Rousseff to suffer the impeachment. Others like Octaviano Alves de Lima and Eduardo Cunha take a similar position, stating that taking Dilma out would be an undemocratic response to the problem. However, Kim Kataguiri and Gerald Greenwald have different ideas. Both accused the protests organized by Lula for disturbing the democracy and his policies during his leading time for being ineffective and not successful. Centrist politicians like Greenwald and Kataguiri hold strongly that there is no need for a popular election and that Michel Temer should be the next president of Brazil. They also want to discuss the ex-president power and influence, since their supporters are calling themselves a militancy.

After passionate debates, the Advisory Panel analyzed nine different working papers about anticorruption measures, government spending cap, financial reforms, and crisis. As most of Greenwald’s working papers was approved, the committee was surprised by the news that the plane of Teori Javacski, judge of the Supreme Federal Tribunal, had mysteriously crashed. At first, the accident seemed to have been caused by inclement weather. However, a phone call from Octaviano de Lima, delegates confirmed that the crash was not an accident, but an attack ministered by Michel Temer party allies, Sergio Machado, and Romero Jucá. The attack was planned so the judge could not release evidence of corruption against the current vice president. "I'm not involved in the accident, so I'm not afraid of false accusations," replied Temer.

At the end of the committee session, they were struck again with shocking news that Dilma Rousseff and a media professional had been murdered in a car explosion. The committee is now considering hiring security personnel for its members and deliberating on what should be done about the political scandals and who should be Brazil's next president. At the last minute appearance, the president of Brazil´s Federal Senate, Renan Calheiros, announced he would be running for president and starting his campaign.