Last week, the scandal surrounding Brazil's new government deepened after local media revealed that Senate-appointed interim President Michel Temer's seven-year-old son Michel Miguel was the proud proprietor of at least two offices in a wealthy neighborhood of Sao Paulo worth over $570,000. The Estado de San Paulo daily newspaper, which made the discovery, reported that Temer's official explanation was that he made the "donation" to his son as a way to 'anticipate Little Michel's inheritance.'
And this wasn't the only scandal involving Little Michel; the 7-year-old was entrusted to choose the new government's logo, causing a minor uproar among Brazilians, who are already infuriated over the interim government's moves to reverse over a decade of social advances by the Workers Party.
And it's not the only scandal rocking the new government.
In a twist of irony, Transparency Minister Fabiano Silveira, the minister in charge of fighting corruption, was forced to resign last week, only 16 days after taking the post, after a leak of a telephone conversation exposed him offering advice to Senate leader Renan Calheiros on how to undermine the so-called 'Car Wash' corruption scandal which has brought down a series of Brazilian officials over the last several months.
Speaking to Sputnik on the problems facing the country and its political elite, Brazilian sociologist and career diplomat Paulo Almeida warned that together with corruption, the central problem facing Brazil today is the possibility of a great depression.
"Today, it's not only political corruption inside the Congress or the government; the problem is that the Brazilian economy is in the middle of a big recession coming probably to a big depression."
Almeida blamed the recession on the commodity boom of the past years, overspending and flawed economic policies.
"I would call the whole situation today 'the Great Destruction'," Almeida warned. "You have had the Great Depression in the 1930s…nowadays we are seeing the beginning of the Great Destruction in Brazil…Besides the political side of the impeachment process, we are living in a big recession."
Almeida insisted that the impeachment process was the only constitutional tool that the country has, but did not indicate the suspended president's chances of regaining her powers.
Last week, Senator Gleisi Hoffmann told Sputnik that the new government and its actions were a "disaster," adding that Temer and his team are "not prepared to govern Brazil."