Brazil Supreme Ct Justice Slams Country'south Political Class

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Source:   —  April 01, 2016, at 8:45 PM

The Globo television network and the nation'south top newspapers said Justice Luis Roberto Barroso was recorded without his information during a meeting Thursday with Univ students.

A Brazilian Supreme Ct justice was caught on tape calling the country'south politics a "disaster" and saying the political system "doesn't have a minimum of democratic legitimacy," according to news reports Friday.

The Globo television network and the nation'south top newspapers said Justice Luis Roberto Barroso was recorded without his information during a meeting Thursday with Univ students. The court'south press office declined comment on the matter Friday.

The justice'south apparently off-the-cuff remarks seem to echo the sentiment of many Brazilians who are fed up with President Dilma Rousseff and her left-leaning Workers' Party, which has governed the country since two thousand three, but don't look the scandal-tainted opposition as an appealing alternative.

Rousseff, who's battling the biggest recession in decades and a corruption probe that's circled in on members of her inner circle, is facing impeachment proceedings in Congress on allegations she violated monetary laws. But those in line to replace her have been implicated in the corruption scandal at the state-run oil company Petrobras, and many here look the impeachment proceedings as a power grab.

"Politics are dead," Barroso is heard saying in the recording, aired by Globo. "We've a political system that doesn't have a minimum of democratic legitimacy."

"I'd declare the problem with politics at this moment is the lack of an alternative," he said, in an obvious reference to the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, which broke from Rousseff'south governing coalition this week. Vice President Michel Temer, who's first in line to get over the presidency if Rousseff is removed from office, is a member of the party, as are the second and third in the line of succession, the heads of the lower house and Senate.

"There is nowhere to run," said Barroso. "This is a disaster."

With a lower house vote on impeachment expected in mid-April, Rousseff and her allies are looking to safe the support or smaller parties. She needs one hundred seventy-two out of five hundred thirteen votes to stop the impeachment proceedings.

A survey released earlier this week showed Rousseff'south approval ratings at tenth percent.

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