Brazilian politics and its vast corruption is once again in the news. This time it has to do with the expulsion of Eduardo Cunha, the former speaker of Brazil’s lower house of Congress who led the process in removing Brazil’s former president, Dilma Rousseff, from office. According to this article Cunha has lost all rights and privileges that protect federal legislators from being imprisoned due to the chamber voting 450 to 10 to remove him. As a result he is ineligible to run for office for eight years. Cunha is faced with many corruption charges, including bribery charges in which he is accused of taking as much as $40 million in bribes and laundering the money through an evangelical church and through Swiss bank accounts. Despite Cunha leading the operation in impeaching Rousseff and accusing her of manipulating the federal budget to conceal economic problems, Cunha has actually used his corruption and all of his charges to enrich himself, which is not the case with Rousseff. In addition to this, bank accounts in Swiss banks have been traced back to Cunha’s wife’s name, Cláudia Cruz. Both Cruz and Cunha claim to be innocent and see no wrong in all that they are doing.
To say that all the corruption in Brazilian government and politics that has been going on recently is a new thing in Brazilian history would be a lie. Such corruption in Brazil has existed for decades. The current corruption in Brazil should be looked as a new wave resurging to the many waves that have already been present for many, many years. There is no easy solution to this problem of corruption, especially in a country like Brazil with one of the largest economies in the world, and a country where corruption essentially is “the norm” at this point in time. Sadly, Brazil and many other Latin American countries, such as neighboring Venezuela, are currently being affected by corruption due to political leaders not being interested in what is best for their country, but instead what is best for themselves. It is important to educate ourselves in how much power politics/politicians have in affecting the lives of millions across the world. Thus, becoming politically and socially aware of who government leaders and officials are is so critical in progressing and developing a successful state.