Brazil / by Lewis McKinnon

The impeachment commission in Brazil's Senate recommended the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. On 12 May, the Senate voted to place Rousseff on trial for breaking budget laws, with Vice President Michel Temer temporarily taking office for the duration of the trial. A Brazilian supreme court judge ordered the removal of Eduardo Cunha, the president of Brazil's lower house, as investigations into the Petrobras scandal continued. Jose Dirceu, former chief of staff to Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, was given a 23-year prison sentence after being convicted of conspiracy, corruption, and money laundering with regard to the Petrobras scandal. Security concerns persist as Brazil prepares to host the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Brazilian companies have reportedly recorded the lowest cyber-security ratings of any major global economy. Brazilian government officials launched a campaign to combat crimes committed against women. Brazil’s Institute of Geography and Statistics announced that the first quarter of 2016 recorded a 5.4 per cent economic decline when compared to the same period in 2015. Brazil's interim president, Michel Temer, announced plans for economic reform which included repealing nationalist oil legislation, reducing public spending, and stopping Brazil's sovereign wealth fund.