Brazil loses its third minister: Tourism Minister Henrique Eduardo Alves resigned. He had been accused of being involved in a bribery affair tied to Petrobras, the State oil giant that seems to be the core of a network of bribes worth millions. This business seems to have characterized the Brazilian political scene of the last few years. It is literally devastating Brazilian politics.
Minister Alves, according to the Brazilian media, has been accused of bribery, precisely of accepting one and a half million Brazilian reals (about 385,000 euros) from the ‘former president of Transpetro, a subsidiary of the oil giant. Moreover, in the last few days, things have been getting worse also for Interim President Michel Temer: Sergio Machado, former head of Transpetro accused Temer of asking 400,000 dollars for the election campaign of a member of his party in San Paolo. The new president has been in power since 12 May, after the Senate had provisionally removed Dilma Rousseff from office, the latter being investigated for having manipulated public accounts.
Temer’s answer to Machado’s accusations was strong: “These are irresponsible, meaningless, and false statements. Nothing will prevent us from continuing to work for the Brazilian people,” -said the president, denying his involvement in this affair.
Meanwhile, Brazil awaits the outcome of the trial against former President Dilma Rousseff, suspended from power, while waiting the final decision on her removal from office. The Senate will vote on this question on 15 August, 10 days before the opening of the Olympic Games. Fifty four votes (out of 81) will be necessary to deprive her of all political functions for the next eight years.