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This year was one of the most controversial years in the history of Brazil. It was here, behind me, in Congress, where President Dilma Rousseff was impeached in May, amid one of the worst recessions of this country has seen in over 80 years. And it was a tense moment, the actual day when she was impeached.
It was a very controversial decision. And that's because a lot of the lawmakers who were trying her voted for her impeachment actually committed much worse crimes than she did. She was accused of breaking the budget laws, something that is relatively minor. So it was very surreal situation where Brazil was in this huge economic crisis and at the same time in this evolving political turmoil.
Now, after her controversial impeachment, there was a sense of hope in the streets, a sense of hope from politicians here, from people in the market that her replacement was gonna do a better job in trying to pull the economy out of this deep recession. In the months that followed, that ensued, that hasn't happened.
You still see a lot of instability here in Brasília. And we're getting into 2017 with a lot of uncertainty still in the air here in Brasília. Whether Temer will continue to be president or whether we have another impeachment.