Brazil is struggling with scandals and crises, and people there may look to the military for a fix

Business InsiderShaken by economic downturn and a seemingly intractable corruption scandal, Brazil has struggled in recent years after seeing robust growth during the first decade of the 21st century.

Those struggles appear to be testing the Brazilians’ commitment to democracy, and there are some appear more open to the military acting against an unpopular elected government.

After contracting each year between 2012 and 2016, the Brazilian economy officially emerged from recession in the second quarter of this year, but many of the country’s more than 200 million residents still face hardship.

Unemployment fell to 13% in the second quarter of this year, though most of the jobs produced were in the informal sector. A national survey found per capita income fell between 2014 and 2015, and poverty levels rebounded from 8% in 2014 to 11% in 2016. The country remains one of the most unequal in the world. …

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