Home and abroad, Temer has hot potatoes on hand

As Michel Temer was sworn in as Acting President of Brazil on May 12, he has a lot sweat to mop, as the largest country in Latin America was mired in unprecedented corruption.

In addition, due to his center-right stance, doubt was ever rising about his intention to keep the mammoth social welfare, unite the piecemeal Congress, as well as maintain funtional ties with regional organizations and trade blocs.

(Soundbite) Ronnie Lins, Director of Center of China-Brazil Research and Business
“Mr. Temer will keep the social policies. (But) he has to balance the ratio between budget and spending. For Temer, the budget should be perfect, even without deficit.”

A relative majority of Brazil’s politicians are now under investigation for birbe or embezzlement, which earns the country a nickname as muddy as “Rougue Gallery.”

As scapegoat, the state oil company Petrobras is pinned onto the wall of shame. People call the probe as Car Wash.

(Soundbite) Ronnie Lins, Director of Center of China-Brazil Research and Business
“This is an unstoppable operation. Temer knows it well. People support it. It has to be carried on, until the criminals are proven to be guilty and get sentenced.”

Meanwhile, the Congress is a vital force for Temer to embrace, but it has proven to be a hard job, as the impeachment against President Dilma Rousseff has turned out to divide the nation between the working class and the business circle.

Such is the case within the Chamber of Deputies and the Senate, or lower and upper houses of the Congress.

(Soundbite) Ronnie Lins, Director of Center of China-Brazil Research and Business
“Our Congress is fragmented, with many parties vying with each other. The Congress can’t be neglected. He has to offer enough ministerial posts to satisfy the parliamentarians. Controversial acts can get passed if the parliamentary support is strong.”

Brazil plays an important role in regional and international blocs, which contribute to its economy in an irreplaceable sense.
How to maintain such ties is also a test for the interim head of state.

(Soundbite) Ronnie Lins, Director of Center of China-Brazil Research and Business
“The Temer government is more skillful in handling international relations. The Foreign Ministry is responsible for the country’s foreign policies. For example, the Mercosur, it still works though with some change. It will more pivots towards economy rather than politics. This mechanism will not demise, but be reconstructed.”

As Brazil’s largest export destination and import source, China also weighs much in Brazil’s diplomatic domain.

(Soundbite) Cristovam Buarque, Senator
“Brazil and China enjoy a long time of friendship which maintains a healthy development. Our Foreign Ministry has very good relationship with its Chinese counterpart. From this point of view, I think the new government will not turn the ties worse, but only better.”

(Soundbite) Hélio José, Senator
“The Temer government will maintain good ties with other BRICS countries. China is the most important economic body of the world, with a lot of investment in Brazil. Brazil is very much interested in enhancing its trade with China.”

Picking up the reins, Temer is tasked with the assignment to leverage a boom for Brazil, both dometically and internationally.
Reputable as one of the best backroom dealer-and-wheelers in the country, he is now in the spotlight and expected to read the open sesame out loud.

(Soundbite) Ana Amelia Lemos, Senator
“The current change is the end of the last cycle and the start of the new government. All expect the situation to turn for the better, but all problems can’t get settled at one punch. We don’t have magic. It takes time, patience and tolerance, just like the impeachment (against the President) which will prolong.”

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