‘Panelaço’ As Brazil’s New President Michel Temer Heads To China, Seeks Fresh Investments

Brazil's new president Temer

Brazil has a new president after the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff and the installation of Michel Temer in her place, but some of the people who have been struggling for years with unemployment and recession were in the streets of Rio de Janeiro banging pots and pans in protest, an activity known as “panelaço.”

As the world reacts to the news of Brazil’s new president, some observe that even if Rousseff appeals the impeachment decision, there is a majority of Brazilian senators who agree that she “… violated budget laws in her responsibility for presenting the country’s deficit,” according to the point of view of Barrons blogger Dimitra DeFotis.

A PressTV report presented on a YouTube video and recently published reveals the impeached Rousseff will not leave quietly.

Rousseff is denouncing the Brazilian senate’s vote and is pledging “to forge a strong opposition against what she called a government of coup plotters,” according to the information also given with the video. Also mentioned in the information given with the video is a point made that Rousseff is dismissed as president, but she is not barred from public office.

Also from the video information presented by Gretchen Small who is described as a Latin America Expert, Brazil’s new president Temor is said to be promising “a new era of government.” Apparently, Temer will not tolerate “divisions” in his coalition. As he serves the remainder of Rousseff’s term, until January 2019, he has a limited amount of time to resolve issues of the poor economy and the the plight of the people.

Protestors began engaging in “panelaço,” or the banging of pots and pans, during the TV and radio broadcasting of Brazil’s newest president Temer’s pre-recorded message while he left for a mission to China and fresh investment in his country, according to writer Donna Bowater in her report over at the Telegraph. It was a short, five-minute message to the people of Brazil in which the new President Temer did acknowledge Brazil’s “deep recession and unemployment crisis.”

Reaction from the Cuban Foreign Ministry seems scathing, as it was among the first to denounce what it saw as an attack upon Rousseff, calling the presidential impeachment a “parliamentary-judicial coup that has been accomplished.”

Brazil gets new president Michel Temer
Bowater also mentioned that Brazil’s new president’s future austerity measures are “likely to fuel further public unrest,” and the report also quotes President Temer as well.

“Our motto is to spend only the money that we collect. My only interest, and which I regard as a matter of honor, is to deliver to my successor a country that is reconciled, pacified and is in a rhythm of growth.”

From a previous Reuters story carried over at the VOA News online, it seems that Brazil’s new president believes the national government has been “bloated and inefficient.” The article points out that at the time, 11 million people in Brazil were unemployed, and they were facing off with a massive budget deficit as well as very high inflation.

In his capacity as an interim remedy, it seems that Brazil’s new president Temer previously made a promise not to cut spending on any health or education items in the budget, while he is reported to have warned the nation that sacrifices were needed. This is due to his goal to “balance Brazil’s public accounts and restore economic growth.”

“There is no longer any room in Brazil for a bloated and inefficient state,” he is quoted as saying during a speech and ceremony where the new heads of state banks and state-run oil company Petrobras took office.

Brazil gets new president Michel Temer
But as Sarah Dean writes in a story carried by the UK’s Daily Mail, the protests seem to be getting louder as there are now reports of actual riots erupting in the nation of Brazil. Rousseff’s supporters are said to be “… smashing shop windows and a police SUV in the city of Sao Paulo.”

[Photo by AP Photo/Eraldo Peres]