Operation "Lava Jato"

PMDB (Brazilian Democratic Movement Party) is the target in the new phase of operation "Lava Jato", started this Tuesday. The main names of this party are the Senate president (Renan Calheiros), deputy Anibal Gomes and the President of the Chamber of Deputies, Eduardo Cunha, one of the opposition leaders against the government of President Dilma Rousseff (PT —Workers Party). This operation is a turntable in the geopolitical picture of the country, once it covers all states of the federation. On top of that, the Chamber's Council on Ethics simultaneously proceeded to the forfeiture of Eduardo Cunha, who is one of the main players in the national politics, articulating both for the government and the opposition, and has been found involved in a scheme of bank accounts in Switzerland. Vice-president of Brazil Michel Temer, the leader of the same party, wrote a letter to the President on the 7th of December, complaining about the lack of room for him in the political decisions, comically including the fact of not having been invited to a meeting with North-American Vice-president Joe Biden.

PMDB has launched a new program of political-economic proposals, such as: privatization of public goods leading to the shrinkage of the state; change of the Brazilian External Affairs politics by negotiating commercial agreements with the USA, disregarding Mercosul and, thus, showing a clear intention towards a deep and straight neoliberalism. To politician Ciro Gomes (PDT—Democratic Labor Party), Michel Temer is the articulator of all this movement against the president, once he is the leader of the party that is trying to impose the impeachment process by the hands of a man accused of serious corruption cases (Cunha).
Sunday, Dec. 13th, some social movements made street protests all over the country asking for the impeachment. Nevertheless, with time these liberal movements (supported by big national and international sectors) saw a diminishing support at streets and social nets, even in Sao Paulo, where PT has a bigger rejection rate. The main reason for this loss of endorsement was a crack in the ideological basis: their open agenda was "anti-corruption", which was appealing to a great deal of Brazilians who are tired of impunity.  However, the development of the "Lava Jato" operation made these liberal movements to lose their legitimacy. This means Brazil is going to a profound phase of disorder in the political realm; what was once hidden is now shown as an element of the society of the spectacle.
Furthermore, during the week the Supreme Court voted for the change in the rite of the impeachment, forcing the Chamber's Special Committee to vote openly. This means a defeat to Eduardo Cunha and adds to the fact that the president has better chances of winning in the Senate, a house with larger allegiance to the government. There is a parliamentary recess up to the end of January; therefore, PMDB has decided to invest on new legal actions, the stimulation of further street protests and the division of its own share of the govern base.
And last, but not least, the week closed with the Finance Minister, Joaquim Lewy (a liberal economist, graduated in the thinking of Milton Friedman's Chicago Boys) announcing he is leaving the Ministry.
Brazil's future remains uncertain.