Protests to raise ante in bitter Brazilian power struggle


RIO DE JANEIRO: Huge crowds on Sunday are expected to demand Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, injecting more volatility into an increasingly toxic political struggle in Latin America’s biggest country. Rousseff is on the ropes as the world’s seventh-largest economy and host of the 2016 Rio Olympics slides into recession. Austerity measures have replaced the economic go-go years fueled by Chinese demand for commodities, while a bribes and embezzlement scandal spreading ever deeper through the ranks of the country’s elite has tainted Rousseff and her leftist Workers’ Party, even if she herself has not been directly implicated. Now demonstrators in Rio de Janeiro, the capital Brasilia, the financial powerhouse Sao Paulo and scores of other cities are expected to back calls in Congress for Dilma, as the president is commonly known, to be impeached.



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