Issue Monitor: Brazil’s Political Crisis
The Brazilian Democratic Movement Party – the country's largest – has left the governing coalition of President Dilma Rousseff, raising the odds she could be impeached in a matter of months. While not totally unexpected, the loss of this key ally will likely lead other parties to follow suit. Vice President Michel Temer is a PMDB member and likely successor to Rousseff should she exit the presidency. Many blame Rousseff for running Latin America's largest economy into the ground, as the country grapples with a major Zika epidemic and scrambles to host the Olympic Games in August.