Eye on the world: Removing corruption from government

In “Despite turmoil, Brazil keeps up push to jail corrupt politiciansThe Christian Science Monitor reports that “several weeks of political turmoil revolving around Brazil’s Senate cumulated in its president, Renan Calheiros, being indicted on corruption charges on Monday, adding him to the list of politicians accused in Operation Car Wash, the country’s largest ever corruption investigation.” The investigation has “become a take-no-prisoners investigation, dismantling a decades-old kickback scheme between the state-owned oil company, Petrobras, and construction giants. The investigation has resulted in the imprisonment of some of the nation’s wealthiest businessmen and high-ranking politicians.” The threat of a constitutional crisis and uncertainty about the future have raised concerns that “Brazilian politics may be plagued with instability not seen in the young democracy since the years around the fall of the dictatorship in 1985.”

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