Brazilians vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff

Kai Ryssdal Apr 18, 2016
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RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - APRIL 17: Pro-impeachment supporters watch a live television broadcast as a vendor sells political balloons while lower house deputies prepare to cast their votes in the impeachment process of President Dilma Rousseff on April 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. President Rousseff is facing a crucial impeachment vote in the lower house of Congress today. Rio will host the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August. Mario Tama/Getty Images

Brazilians vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff

Kai Ryssdal Apr 18, 2016
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - APRIL 17: Pro-impeachment supporters watch a live television broadcast as a vendor sells political balloons while lower house deputies prepare to cast their votes in the impeachment process of President Dilma Rousseff on April 17, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. President Rousseff is facing a crucial impeachment vote in the lower house of Congress today. Rio will host the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in August. Mario Tama/Getty Images
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Brazil has been having arguably more than its share of problems of late. It’s an emerging economy that’s definitely not emerging anymore. Then there’s the Zika virus and troubled preparations for the Olympics slated for this summer.  And, as of yesterday, a president in deep and serious trouble. The lower house of the Brazilian Congress has voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff.

Daniel Gallas is the BBC’s South America Business Correspondent and spoke with Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal.

On Brazil’s crisis: 

This is the worst recession [in Brazil] in over two decades and a lot of people point to President Rousseff for the problems in the economy. Brazil was one of the fastest-growing economies in the past decade but a lot of that had to do with China’s strong growth and the high prices of commodities… But it turned out commodities never became as pricey as before and Brazil is now suffering a lot from that.

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