Weekly Report - 04 July 2013 (WR-13-26)

BRAZIL: As her popularity dips, Dilma proposes reform

Conscious of her rapidly diminishing popularity, President Dilma Rousseff has acted swiftly to propose political reforms to placate the protesters who have taken to the streets across Brazil for the past month. Just days after a Datafolha opinion poll showed the president’s approval rating had fallen by 30 percentage points in three weeks, President Rousseff presented five proposals for political reforms to congress on 2 July. Congress, however, remains the least trusted of all the branches of the Brazilian state. Given the highly fragmented nature of the country’s political parties, and the legislature’s inglorious history of failed political reforms, many obstacles remain to slow the protesters’ momentum.

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