Brazil: Most oppose coup gov't, want new elections

July 31, 2016

More than two-thirds of Brazilians oppose the coup government that replaced elected president Dilma Rousseff in May, a recent poll found. The Ipsos poll also found that more than half of Brazil supports holding presidential elections this year.

The data, which was released by BBC Brasil on July 26, indicated that among the 52% of Brazilians who support holding presidential elections, 38% of respondents said that interim President Michael Temer should stay in office until early elections. According to the Brazilian constitution, early elections cannot take place without receiving approval from three-fifths of the country's Congress or in the case of a joint resignation by Temer and Rousseff.

Meanwhile, opposition to Temer's government, which began on May 12 when Brazil's Senate suspended Dilma Rousseff for breaking budget laws, remained high with 68% of respondents saying that they either totally or somewhat disapproved of the interim president.

A string of recent scandals has weakened Temer as he seeks to build support in the Senate to definitively remove Rousseff. The democratically-elected Rousseff has not yet been permanently removed from her post, as the Senate must still conduct a trial and then vote on her future.

[Abridged from TeleSUR English.]

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