Tumultuous times

Print edition : August 18, 2017

A demonstration in Rio de Janeiro in support of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on July 20. Photo: REUTERS

Former President Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva at a press conference at the headquarters of the Workers’ Party in Sao Paulo on July 19. Photo: AP

The approval rating of President Michel Temer, who faces serious allegations of corruption, stands at a dismal 7 per cent, the lowest ever in Brazilian history. Photo: REUTERS

The political system in Brazil has been rocked by a mammoth corruption investigation nicknamed Operation Car Wash, even as the country’s economy remains trapped in the worst recession it has experienced since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
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