Global Independent Analytics

Brazil minister ousted after secret tape reveals plot to topple President Rousseff

Planning minister Romero Jucá was caught on tape saying ‘We have to change the government’ as the only means to stop a sweeping corruption investigation

Jonathan Watts for The Guardian reports: The credibility of Brazil’s interim government was rocked on Monday when a senior minister was forced to step aside amid further revelations about the Machiavellian plot to impeach President Dilma Rousseff.

Just ten days after taking office, the planning minister, Romero Jucá, announced that he would “go on leave” following the release of a secretly taped telephone conversation in which he said Rousseff needed to be removed to quash a vast corruption investigation that implicated him and other members of the country’s political elite.

However, this revelation might not serve as the last blow for Michael Temer, who temporarily holds the presidency, since his centre-right cabinet includes seven ministers implicated by the Lava Jato (Car Wash) investigation into kickbacks and money laundering at the state-run oil company Petrobras.

After Rousseff’s impeachment, her supporters assumed that the charges are a pretext for a “coup”, but Temer’s allies argue that the impeachment was constitutional and necessary to address political paralysis and the worst recession in decades.

But the suspicious motives and Machiavellian nature of the plot to overthrow Rousseff are apparent in the transcript of a phone conversation between Jucá – a powerful ally of Temer’s in the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) – and Sérgio Machado, a former senator who until recently was the president of another state oil company, Transpetro.

After discussing how they are both targeted by Lava Jato prosecutors, Jucá says the way out is political: “We have to stop this s--t,” he says of the investigation. “We have to change the government to be able to stop this bleeding.”

Machado responds: “The easiest solution would be to put in Michel [Temer].”

The conversation had occurred just weeks before the lower house voted to impeach Rousseff, according to the Folha de São Paulo newspaper, which published the transcript.

Jucá, while mocking the Lava Lato investigators for their determination to tackle corruption, added, that he has talked about his plans to supreme court justices, who told him the “s--t” (referring to the corruption investigation and its media coverage) would never stop as long as Rousseff remained in power. He added that he received “guarantees” from military commanders that they could prevent disturbances from radical leftwing groups such as the Landless Workers Movement.

Later Jucá admitted that the conversation did take place, but insisted that his words were taken out of the context. His lawyer, Almeida Castro, reiterated this: “At no time was Jucá speaking against Lava Jato or seeking to interfere with the operation.”

But Machado, who was the source of the recording, is already reportedly negotiating a plea bargain with prosecutors. According to reports in local media, Jucá has said he will stay on leave until prosecutors decide whether he has committed any crime.

 

By Stefan Paraber for GIA.

EXPERT OPINION

Joshua Tartakovsky

Romero Jucá, the president of PMDB (Brazilian Movement of Democratic Brazil) and the Brazilian Minister of Planning in the post-impeachment government put in place after Michael Temer assumed power following Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment, was caught openly saying that “we had to stop the bleeding.” He was referring to the investigation on corruption (Operação Lava Jato) in which government officials provided contracts to private companies in return to bribes. The scheme also included Brazilian partially-state-owned oil company Petrobras. Seven of the new government ministers were investigated in connection with the corruption scheme.   Jucá’s statement is important in that it revealed to Brazilians that Dilma was impeached so that the blame will fall on her and to bring the investigation to an end. It is clear now that Dilma’s impeachment was a dirty coup, not a legal impeachment. The investigation indeed did not resume following the impeachment. 

Read more

Related ARTICLES

Health professionals call for Olympics in Rio to be postponed due to Zika

Health professionals call for Olympics in Rio to be postponed due to Zika

150 doctors, scientists, and bioethicists have written a letter to the World Health Organization calling for the Rio Olympics to be postponed or moved

27 May 2016

Opinion: 1

Brazil: Repression is coming

Brazil: Repression is coming

Elected President Dilma Rousseff isn’t the only one damaged after the impeachment was approved. The poor masses along with left-wing organizations will suffer too.

18 May 2016

by Pedro Marin

Brazil Is Reportedly Considering Selling State Assets to Raise Cash

Brazil Is Reportedly Considering Selling State Assets to Raise Cash

The country could sell part of the post office and airports as it tries to raise needed capital

16 May 2016

POPULAR ARTICLES

Not Found

OPINION

Vladimir Golstein

Vladimir Golstein

The Danderous Acceptance of Donald Trump

James N. Green

James N. Green

Politics in Brazil: Fasten Your Seat Belts!

Barbara H. Peterson

Barbara H. Peterson

Health officials confirm spread of Zika virus through sexual contact in Texas, first in US

Danny Haiphong

Danny Haiphong

WHY IS OTTO(SUPER)MAN ERDOGAN LOSING HIS CHARISMA?

Miray Aslan

Miray Aslan

How relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran reached a breaking point

Navid Nasr

Navid Nasr

How relations between Saudi Arabia and Iran reached a breaking point

Writers

chief editor

Joshua Tartakovsky

Analysis should serve as a method to better understand our world, not to obscure it.

Materials: 42

Specialization: Israel and the Middle East, US politics

Materials: 7

Specialization: Balkans, NATO and EU policies, Strategic communications

Materials: 3

Specialization: Foreign politics, Immigration, Human rights.

Materials: 2

Specialization: Political Science, Social Anthropology

Materials: 3

Specialization: Eastern Europe

Materials: 14

Specialization: Industrial Safety, Corporations

Materials: 12

Specialization: Eastern Europe, Labor movement

Materials: 3

Specialization: American history, way of life, and principles

Danielle Ryan

Ireland

Materials: 10

Specialization: US foreign policy, US-Russia relations and media bias

Materials: 20

Specialization: War, Racism, Capitalist exploitation, Civil rights

Materials: 8

Specialization: Modern Japanese History, Modern Chinese History, Military History, History of Counterinsurgency, History of Disobedience, Dynamics of Atrocities in Wartime

Dovid Katz

Lithuania

Materials: 3

Specialization: Holocaust Revisionism and Geopolitics; East European Far Right & Human Rights; Yiddish Studies & Litvak Culture

Materials: 20

Specialization: History, Catalunya, Spain, Geopolitics, Nationalism in Europe, Islamization, Immigration

Materials: 5

Materials: 3

Specialization: migration, international relations

Materials: 1

Specialization: Syria, US Foreign policy and strategies, BRICS/SCO

Materials: 19

Specialization: Balkans, Yugoslavia

Materials: 10

Specialization: Jihadist Groups, Islamic Terrorism, Global Security

Materials: 4

Specialization: Geopolitics

Materials: 4

Specialization: Media and government relations

Materials: 2

Specialization: Latin America, Brazil

Jay Watts

Canada

Materials: 2

Specialization: History, Marxism-Leninism, Imperialism, Anti-imperialism.

Materials: 2

Specialization: International Relations, Sociology, Geostrategy

Materials: 1

Specialization: civil rights

Lionel Baland

Belgium

Materials: 22

Specialization: Euroscepticism, Patriotic parties of Europe

Maram Susli

Australia

Materials: 3

Specialization: Geopolitics

Materials: 2

Specialization: Civil rights, Racism, US politics

Materials: 1

Specialization: geopolitics, economics

Max J. Schindler

Palestine-Israel

Materials: 9

Specialization: Politics

Miray Aslan

Turkey

Materials: 12

Specialization: Media, Politics

Materials: 5

Specialization: Politics, International relations

Navid Nasr

Croatia

Materials: 13

Specialization: Global security, Politics

Materials: 9

Specialization: Development of European Union, Non-governmental organizations, Politics and economics in Baltic States

Materials: 9

Specialization: Greece, Crisis of the US hegemony; Israel / Occupied Palestine, Oppression of Black people in the US

Materials: 4

Specialization: geopolitics, Russia, USSR

Pedro Marin

Brazil

Materials: 17

Specialization: Latin America, Ukraine, North Korea

Materials: 13

Specialization: Sustainable development, International relations, Comparative European politics, European integration, Eastern European politics and EU-Russia relations

Materials: 8

Specialization: Politics

Materials: 16

Specialization: Counterterrorist Finance

Seyit Aldogan

Greece

Materials: 3

Specialization: ISIS, Middle East, Globalization, Migrant crisis

Materials: 1

Specialization: Head of "Srebrenica Historical Project"

Materials: 3

Specialization: Economy, Social politics

Stevan Gajic

Serbia

Materials: 1

Specialization: Full time researcher at the Institute for European Studies

Materials: 5

Specialization: Geopolitics, Geoeconomics

Materials: 2

Specialization: Civil rights

Tobias Nase

Germany

Materials: 8

Specialization: Syria, US Foreign policy, Ukraine

Valerijus Simulik

Lithuania

Materials: 2

Specialization: Politics and economics in Baltic States, education and science, non - governmental organizations, globalization and EU

Van Gelis

Greece

Materials: 17

Specialization: Middle East

Materials: 1

Specialization: Kosovo, Serbia, Belgrad bombing

Materials: 5

Specialization: international relations, Russia

toTop