Dilma Rousseff Impeachment: How will it Impact on Africa and BRICS Alliance?

Since the Brazilian Senate's vote to suspend elected Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff for 180 days, pending an impeachment trial. Analyst have been speculating what impact this power change will have globally, especially what it will mean for Brazil's status within the BRICS alliance, what will happen in that next BRICS meeting to be held in four moths from now, and also how it will impact the BRICS projects.

Analyst also believe that support for Rousseff by BRICS leaders in the event of her impeachment would likely lead Brazil to re-center toward an Atlantic alliance with the United States. Rousseff's vice Michel Temer who is now interim President  has also appointed a corruption-tainted, all-white-male cabinet which does not represent Brazil's ethnic diversity where 97 million Brazilians, or 50.7% of the population, define themselves as black or mixed race, compared with 91 million or 47.7% who label themselves white.

Many Brazilian and international analysts have dismissed the move as a political coup that is meant to lodge a pro-business government and implement unpopular austerity measures.

In an interview with RT Rousseff spoke about the interim governments policy on Africa:

RT: Speaking of the impeachment, the coup and the trial, I’d like to ask you – is this basically a soft coup, without weapons and violence? Moreover, to which extent do you think this coup is aimed against you, and to which extent not only against Brazil, but against its allies, say, the BRICS countries?

Rousseff: In terms of foreign policy, starting from Lula da Silva and throughout my presidency, we have been seeking to strengthen ties with Latin American, African, BRICS countries and other developing nations, in addition to the developed world – the US and Europe. I think that BRICS is one of the most important multilateral groups created in the last decade. But the interim government holds different views on BRICS and the importance we place on Latin America. They are even discussing the possibility of closing embassies in some African countries. We have very special relations with Africa. Brazil is the country with the highest percentage of population of African descent in the world, second only to African countries. We have a lot of people of African descent, so over the last few years we’ve been putting particular emphasis on our relations with the African countries, and not only Portuguese-speaking ones. This shows a wider approach to the world, as opposed to the traditional one, supported by those who have usurped the power now and are taking steps that are at odds with the program approved by the Brazilian people, by 54 mln votes, on the day I was elected. Read full interview :https://www.rt.com/news/343686-dilma-rousseff-rt-exclusive/

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