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Five Contradictions in Temer’s First Speech as Interim President

Temer, who led the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff, gave his first public speech — which was riddled with contradictions.

Members of social movements hold signs during a protest against Brazil

From his disparaging comments regarding the government’s successful social programs to his false claims regarding the economic benchmarks reached in the course of the past 12 years, teleSUR explains how Temer’s inaugural speech jarred with the reality of the social gains achieved under the successive Workers’ Party administrations of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff in Brazil.


1. We all know Brazil is a poor country …

Inequality in Brazil

According to the country’s Institute of Applied Economic Research (IPEA), during the 2004-2014 period Brazil reduced poverty by 63 percent.

Social indicators have said if the country is able to maintain the same rate of reduction of extreme poverty and income inequality as recorded during that period, the country may record an absolute poverty rate of 4 percent in the next few years.

2. We’ll finish with the bad habit of “government does everything” …

Maria Nilza, a Brazilian mother of four, shows her bolsa familia cards.

He considers a “bad habit” the fact that Dilma Rousseff’s government prioritized public investment, developing a total of five social programs that allowed 40 million Brazilians to jump from lower class to middle class.

3. Brazil needs to guarantee employment …

Laborers work at Manaus airport in Manaus, Brazil, June 2, 2014.

Since the Workers Party has been in power — first with Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (2003-2011) and later with President Rousseff — more than 20.8 million job positions have been created, according to official figures.

4. People have the power in Brazil …

 Maybe they did, but more than 50 million Brazilians voted to elect Dilma Rousseff as their president while only 55 senators, most of them under investigation on corruption charges, took the decision to remove her although there are no proven charges against her.

5. We must rescue the international credibility of Brazil

Russia's President Vladimir Putin (L-R), Bolivia's President Evo Morales, Colombia's President Juan Manuel Santos, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, Chile's President Michelle Bachelet, China's President Xi Jinping and Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes talk at a group photo session during the 6th BRICS summit and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) in Brasilia July 16, 2014.

Brazil was the only Latin American country member of the BRICS, an association of five major emerging national economies. Furthermore, the South American “giant” is the largest national economy in Latin America, the world’s eighth largest economy at market exchange rates and the seventh largest in purchasing power parity (PPP), according to the International Monetary Fund and the World Ban