Brazil’s political situation, increasingly similar to that of series “House of Cards” has reached epic new levels. Despite former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva being sworn in as a cabinet minister last Thursday, he was swiftly stripped of his new title by various injunction orders filed against him by judges across the country.
As the Brazilian judiciary continues its onslaught against the country’s increasingly sickly government, both Federal Judge Sergio Moro (involved in the ongoing Operation Car Wash trial) and Lula himself find themselves at the center of a political maelstrom: the ex-president could face arrest for his ties to Petrobras, while Moro has come under fire for releasing recordings of tapped phone conversations between the the politician and current President Dilma Rousseff.
Rousseff’s move to make her predecessor her new chief of staff has triggered outrage among opponents, who filed some 50 court cases challenging the nomination.
Not to mention Brazilians increasing support for Rousseff’s impeachment. In a recent survey by pollsters Datafolha 68 percent of respondents wanted to see Rousseff impeached, according to the New York Times.
Lula has also taken a hit, with a current disapproval rating at 57 percent; down from a 90 percent approval rating when he left office in 2010. Nevertheless, poll participants continued to rate him the best president that Brazil has ever had.
Meanwhile, Lula’s family members and supporters continue to defend the 70-year-old, Teletica reports.
“Lula has not been accused of a concrete crime, he has even been subjected to a real invasion [of privacy] and intimidated during the past few months,” the Lula Institute commented in a release.
The foundation condemned Lula’s “violent, coercive… and baseless” detention for questioning earlier this month, in addition to an “arbitrary, unconstitutional” request for his arrest.
With no clear winner in this clumsy political race, Brazilians are forced to watch on from the sidelines as the complex political saga continues to play out.