Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff (image) has been suspended from the top job while a trial decides if she will continue on as president of the nation. Brazil’s Vice President Michel Temer has stepped in as the country’s president. Rousseff became president of Brazil in 2011, and was re-elected two years ago. She is blamed for wrongdoing to make the country’s economy look better than it actually is.
Brazilians have been frustrated with Rousseff’s government for some time now. Many people don’t have jobs and the cost of living has shot up. Brazil hosted one major sporting event in 2014 (FIFA World Cup Soccer), and is going to host another big event in August (the Olympics). The government has spent tons of money in creating the infrastructure to host these events. There have been many complaints that the government has overspent money for these events, but not invested enough money for the nation’s citizens.
Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world (by both area and population). It was a Portuguese colony for over 300 years, and got its independence in 1822. When you say Brazil, some things that pop up are – the Amazon Rainforest (the largest rainforest on our planet), the Amazon River (the second longest river in the world), the statue of Christ the Redeemer (a tall statue of Jesus Christ overlooking the Brazilian city of Rio de Janeiro), the Copacabana beach (famous for its New Year’s Eve parties), the Rio Carnival (an annual street party), and the samba (a Brazilian dance). Brazil’s capital is Brasília, and its official language is Portuguese. Brazilians love soccer. Brazil holds the record for the most World Cup Soccer titles with 5 wins. One of the world’s most famous soccer players is a Brazilian named Pelè (image, real name Edison Arantes do Nascimento). How famous is he really? In 1967, Nigerians stopped an ongoing civil war for 2 days so that they could watch Pelè compete in a match!
Did you know?
Brazil is the only South American country with Portuguese as its official language.
Image Credits: http://www2.planalto.gov.br for Rousseff’s image, http://footballforpeaceglobal.org for Pelè’s image
Sources: New York times, http://kids.nationalgeographic.com, http://www.fifa.com, http://sites.duke.edu