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China, Russia call for stability in divided Brazil
May 14, 2016, 4:35 am

People protest against the suspension of Dilma Rousseff as Brazil's president, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 12, 2016 [Xinhua]

People protest against the suspension of Dilma Rousseff as Brazil’s president, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, May 12, 2016 [Xinhua]

Brazil’s BRICS partners, China and Russia, have called for stability in Brazil after the Brazilian Senate decided to suspend President Dilma Rousseff from office for 180 days. Rousseff faces charges that she disguised the size of the budget deficit to make the economy look healthier in the runup to her 2014 re-election.

“We are closely watching the development of the situation in Brazil,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said at a daily news briefing in Beijing.

“We hope all sides concerned in Brazil can appropriately handle the current situation and maintain the country’s political stability as well as social and economic development,” he said.

“As China and Brazil are all-round strategic partners, we attach great importance to developing ties with Brazil,” Lu said, adding that he believed that the friendship and reciprocal cooperation between the two nations will continue to move forward.

The political crisis has deeply divided the South American nation.

Russia is also closely following “developments in Brazil”, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday.

“Developments in Brazil are an internal affair; these processes must be resolved in strict compliance with their Constitution. Russia wants to see a stable, democratic, vibrant Brazil playing an important role in international affairs,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharov said at a press briefing in Moscow.

Brazil’s interim president, Michel Temer, has called for “dialogue” following the rancour and bitter political divide among Brazil’s leadership and the people during the ouster of Rousseff.

Temer himself is charged with corruption in the probe into the kickback and bribery scandal at the state oil giant Petrobras.

Meanwhile, Rousseff warned that the impeachment drive threatened key government welfare programs and recently-discovered deep-sea oil deposits.

The legislature’s decision to put her on trial, effectively preventing her from governing for what could be the next six months, targets more than the presidential office, Rousseff said in a televised speech to the nation on Friday.

“I want to address the entire population to say that the coup is not just aimed at ousting me,” Rousseff said from the presidential headquarters of Planalto in the capital of Brasilia.

“By ousting me, they want to prevent the implementation of the (national) program that was elected by a majority of Brazilians,” said Rousseff, who was re-elected to a second term in 2014.

The new Temer government is expected to weaken stringent labour and pension laws and push ahead full steam with privatisation.

“What is at stake is respect for the independent will of the Brazilian people and the Constitution, and for the achievements of the past 13 years” under the leadership of the Workers’ Party, said Rousseff, flanked by her cabinet and political allies on Friday.

“What is at stake is Brazil’s great discovery, the pre-salt (oil deposits); what is at stake is the future of Brazil,” she added.

The Workers’ Party spearheaded landmark social programs that were recognized by the United Nations and other international agencies as exemplary.

According to the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP), in five years, Brazil received 455 delegations from 107 countries to share experiences in fighting hunger.

Following a special Senate session that began early Wednesday and lasted nearly 22 hours, lawmakers voted to try Rousseff for inflating fiscal accounts in the lead-up to presidential elections that saw her reelected to a second term.

Rousseff has denied any wrongdoing, and vowed to fight to complete her term.

Vice President Michel Temer, who was made acting president Thursday, unveiled a new cabinet and is expected to announce spending cuts and pro-business measures to revert an economic slowdown.


TBP and Agencies

10 Responses to China, Russia call for stability in divided Brazil

  1. Douglas Chalmers Reply

    May 14, 2016 at 8:21 am

    The South China Sea just grew a little bigger…

  2. sixpack Reply

    May 15, 2016 at 8:40 am

    You mean, the profit margins for U.S. corporations just grew a lot bigger.

  3. Flávio Braga Prieto da Silva Reply

    May 16, 2016 at 1:18 am

    Brazilian people who respect democracy request members of BRICS not to recognize this coup provisional government. Dilma has been elected with 54.5 million votes, more than all of those who want to oust her now in an irregular and illegitimate impeachment process. All parlamentary who voted ‘yes’ to impeachment in the low chamber have been voted by some 40 million people. Dilma delayed some payments to public banks and issued 6 suplementary budget decrees, previewed in brazilian law. That’s the official pretext for ousting her. Now Senate has to vote ‘yes’ or ‘no’ – 80 senators (one has gone to jail and 58% of the remaining face legal charges) will decide by a majority of 2/3. More than 70% of low chamber members also face legal charges. That’s why we ask Russia, China, India and South Africa not to recognize this coup as something legal.

    • Help Brazil Reply

      May 19, 2016 at 1:38 am

      Brazil democracy needs help. Brics must say no to Coup

  4. Anastasia Guidi Itokazu Reply

    May 16, 2016 at 2:21 pm

    The illegitimate government has already started to show its face:
    No black or women among ministers, but the former lawyer of PCC (Primeiro Comando da Capital), Brazil’s lagest criminal organization is our new Minister of Justice. A former fascist police officer who is proud of having killed “over 36 bandits” while on duty is in charge of Human Rights. The ministries of Culture and Science&Technology are now defunct. And let’s not even get started about Aecio Neves and his many scandals. Our country was taken by assault by gangsters, and we are outraged! WE URGE THE DEMOCRATIC WORLD TO REFUSE RECOGNIZING THIS ILLEGITIMATE GOVERNMENT!

  5. Cândida Maria Carvalho de Cerqueira Reply

    May 16, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    The new government will certainly adopt a policy pro USA and try to undermine the BRICS, the Mercosul and the Unasul.

  6. Jefferson Reply

    May 17, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    Don’t like? Just go to Cuba, North Korea, Venezuela, Bolivia and the communist broken countries, stupid commies!

    You like dictatorship!

  7. Catarina Reply

    May 19, 2016 at 1:30 am

    This is not about internal issues. It is an attack against BRICS. All the other countries should do something to help us
    The oil is the target, the BRIC bank is the target. USA is operating and they want to stop BRICS.
    The other countries should say that they don´t recognize Temer as president, and it must be done soon or Brazil will go out of it, and it will be too late to do something.

  8. Help Brazil Reply

    May 19, 2016 at 1:40 am

    Brazil Democracy Needs help.
    We need our elect president


    May 30, 2016 at 12:40 am

    Im really grateful to see my compatriots exposing the truth about what is happening to Brazil now.

    You all know that this is an attack against BRICS and the independent agenda adopted by Brazil.

    The US would never accept a country like Brazil, in its influence area, be part of a new global power pole challenging and threatening the status quo of IMF, world bank and the US dominance in latin and south america with UNASUL and MERCOSUL.

    Of course there is pre-salt ambition on this game. The US do not want Petrobras to control the oil exploitation and use the money to subsidize healthcare, education and technological areas in Brazil.

    We have a bizarre nacional economic ellite that lost the power 13 years ago and wants it back no matter what.


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