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Brazilian president possible impeachment: students react

The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies have taken action towards the impeachment of Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff in recent weeks.

There have been allagations toward Rousseff for tampering with government money to conceal the countries deficit, according to the BBC World Business Report website.

“The current government promised that there would not be any adjustments that damage the population,” said returned missionary Allan Carvalho who served in the Mozambique, Maputo LDS mission. “Two months after being re-elected, they started the corruption scandals, and cuts, education, health, and increased tax collection,” said Carvalho

Rousseff has been highly involved with Brazilian politics and the it’s government  for many years. She has been working with the Brazilian government even previous to acting as the 36th president, according to Britannica, working closely with Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the president preceding her.

“Brazilians participate [in government activity] when smaller problems arise,” Carvalho said. “Corruption reins and the population seems familiarized with this. It’s very sad.”

For Rousseff to be impeached 342 out of  512 members of the lower house of congress have to agree that the impeachment process needs to go to the senate, where 41 of 81 have to agree to even have the trial, where then 54 senators have to agree to impeach Rousseff, according to the BBC News Website.

“To have a movement within the people, it has to be something very big like this impeachment, or very small like the increasing of the price of the bus pass” said Carvalho who currently lives in Ceará, Brazil.

Large gatherings have occurred all over the country in favor and against what has happened. Rousseff along with the Landless Workers Movement (also known as the government’s MST) have labeled the actions leading up to this impeachment situation as a coup.

“If you see images you can see everybody using green and yellow representing the country how everyone is standing for our country and not for a party,” said Araujo.

Jessica Matias, a second-semester student from Brazil at LDS Business College, currently studying Social Media Marketing said, there are two things you try not to discuss in Brazil, soccer and politics.

“People don’t respect each other’s opinion and count their own opinion as definite and most important. Dialogue simply does not have a part in any of the battles between parties,” said Matias

With so many government problems occurring within the country, even Brazilians living in the States are often times affected on a personal level.

“Even people against the impeachment can’t deny the unemployment rates,” Matias said. “Inflation, prices going sky high and everything else. Of course, it’s not only due to the president, but everyone points all the problems to her.”

Rousseff became the first female president of Brazil in 2011, she graduated from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul located in Porto Alegre with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1977.

“I think that the biggest impact right now would be the dollar because I work for Brazil still,” said Letícia Araujo a Marketing graduate from São Paulo, Brazil who now works online as a Marketing Manager for an American Company which has an office located in Brazil. “I always have to get my money here and I always have to convert, and the dollar is so high, actually with her in the government it was higher right now with her being in the process of being impeached it is actually lowering down.”

Many Brazilian students at BYU-I have close family and friends who are impacted because they are living through this situation.

The BYU-I Brazilian Association is significant to both native Brazilians and returned missionaries, the Church of  Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints currently has 34 LDS missions in Brazil, 250 stakes.

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