The Mensalao trial: the big monthly allowance of brazilian politics and its repercussion on international media

Brazilian democracy is always praised – and priced – in international analyzes on our economy. Since thursday, August 2nd, the start of the trial of Mensalão(big monthly allowance), the economic world is keeping and eye on the proper functioning of the institutions of Brazil.

The international repercussions of the work of the Supreme Court is expected to grow from Monday with the vote of the ministers. But The Economist
, since last week, highlighted “Justice delayed” because the complaint against 38 defendants to go to the Supreme Court only seven years after the fact.

The French Le Monde hightlights today on its website “Brazil failed to stem political corruption” and says the theme is back to the headlines in the country.

Bloomberg, Agence France-Presse and CNN International replicate the label “trial of the century” in Brazil and a summary of the contents of these vehicles was posted on the World Bank website.

The Washington Post reproduced Associated Press story titled “Trial of corruption involving government party hints on how to clean politics.” The newspaper says that the monthly allowance is considered “the biggest corruption case in the history of the country” and says that the result will give “a sign of political health in a country where public services have long been hampered by corruption and impunity.”

Understand what Mensalao means … according to Wikipedia: The Mensalão scandal (Portuguese: Escândalo do Mensalão) took place in Brazil in 2005 and threatened to bring down the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Mensalão is a neologism and variant of the word for “big monthly payment” (salário mensal or mensalidade). The scandal began when on June 6, 2005, the Brazilian Congressional Deputy Roberto Jefferson told the Brazilian newspaper Folha de São Paulo that the ruling Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) had paid a number of Congressional deputies thirty thousand reais (around US$12,000 at the time) every month in order to vote for legislation favored by the ruling party. The funds were said to originate from state-owned companies’ advertising budgets, funneled through an advertising agency owned by Marcos Valério. Many key advisers to president Lula resigned, while several deputies were faced with the choice of resignation or expulsion from congress, though the president himself went on to be re-elected in 2006. The scandal also sparked unproved charges of illegal campaign contributions from Cuba and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia and political connections to the assassination of Celso Daniel, mayor of the city of Santo André.

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Dutch, American, Brazilian... lived there for 5 years and owns property in Brazil. Out of the country for a few years now and would like to go back, however current circumstances tell me it's not the right time.