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3 Countries Recall Ambassadors to Brazil over Rousseff’s Ouster

HeadlineMay 19, 2016

Ecuador, Venezuela and El Salvador have announced they are recalling their ambassadors from Brazil over the suspension of democratically elected President Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff faces impeachment proceedings over accusations of tampering with government accounts to hide a budget deficit. But she has accused her right-wing opponents of fomenting a coup. Salvadoran President Sánchez Cerén said he would not recognize the government of interim President Michel Temer, who himself faces corruption charges. Cerén said, “We respect democracy and the people’s will. In Brazil an act was done that was once done through military coups.” Meanwhile, President Dilma Rousseff has criticized Michel Temer’s decision to install an all-white male Cabinet, during an interview with journalist Glenn Greenwald.

Glenn Greenwald: “How did you react when you saw his team?”

Dilma Rousseff: “Look, I think that—it seems to me that this interim and illegitimate government will be very conservative in every aspect, one of which is the fact that it is a government of white men, without blacks, in a country that in the last census in 2010—and I think this is very important—more than 50 percent of the population self-identified as being of African origin. So I think that not having any women or black people in the government shows certain lack of care for the country you are governing.”

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