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Brazil President Announces Veto of Bill that Legalizes Dirty Campaign Money

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Nov 28, 2016, 2:15 pm
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Temer said he wants to put corruption aside and focus on fixing the country’s recession. (Cuba debate)

EspañolA corruption amnesty bill in Brazil would allow for bribes and illegal donations during elections, but President Michel Temer said he is prepared to block it if necessary.

In an attempt to downplay a series of scandals that threaten the stability of his adminstration, Temer said it would be “impossible for the President of the Republic” to approve amnesty of that nature.

 

Temer’s comments come in response to the anger and frustration caused by the Chamber of Deputy’s attempt to vote for an initiative that apparently grants amnesty to those found to be accepting bribes accepted during political campaigns.

Temer said there is little precedent for moving forward with such a proposal.

He held a press conference on the subject accompanied by Rodrigo Maia of the Chamber of Deputies and Renan Calheiros of the Senate, during which he ensured the population he will combat corruption that has become an ongoing trend in the country’s political sphere.

Controversy arose when it was revealed that the initiative would benefit politicians by allowing them to get away with certain types of corruption.

“It will not be punishable in criminal or civil court if electoral donations posted, unposted are unreported omitted or hid (if used to finance) the political, partisan or electoral activity carried out up to the publication of this law.”

Temer, who permanently assumed office in August following the impeachment of Dilma Rousseff, has promoted his intention to save Brazil from a decades-long recession, as well as scandals and corruption.

The President said that he wants to set aside controversy regarding amnesty proposed by Congress and instead focus on the vote on a bill he proposed that would limit spending for 20 years — the first of many austerity reforms.

Sources: El Observador; DW

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Maduro Claims Venezuelans “Lack Nothing” Despite Plunging Oil Prices

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Nov 28, 2016, 12:57 pm
VENEZUELA EEUU

EspañolPresident Nicolás Maduro said on a recent television broadcast that quality of life has not diminished in his country and that Venezuelans "lack nothing." During a television broadcast this Sunday, Novemeber 27, Maduro said the fall in petroleum prices has not influenced the quality of life for Venezuelans. Read more: What Everyday Life Is Really Like in Cuba Under Raúl Castro Read more: Cuba Prepares Military for Hostile Trump Administration During the broadcast, Maduro ignored the increasing fatalities in his country as a result of sparse medical supplies and food over the last several months. He also did not mention that eight out of every 100 Venezuelans eat from the trash. Additionally, Maduro didn't mention that Venezuelans often have to wait in long lines in order to be able to acquire basic products and food. Maduro even went so far as to claim the government has made a "superhuman effort" to overcome the situation. googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   "Our children don't want for books or food" he said. "We haven't stopped pursuing our larger mission. We haven't stopped constructing housing ... caring for wages or food stamps." He also made reference to the alleged "economic war" led by the right. "On top of the war for petroleum, we have had a financial world war and I have to explain to the armed forces and their officials the responsibility we have in these circumstances," he said. "We have an infernal economic war. You are the protagonists of the Great Sovereign Mission, have seen the monster from within, the parasitic economy that robs the people. But we must move forward as previous liberators did so many years ago." Sources: Últimas Noticias; El Universal

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