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Brazil: the trapped country

Brazil was booming when it won the right to host the Olympics. But as the Games begin it is suffering its worst economic crisis in living memory. What went wrong?

By George Magnus   August 2016

When President Dilma Rousseff lit the Olympic torch in May at the presidential palace in Brasília, the capital of Brazil, to the cheers of schoolchildren and the sound of Air Force jets flying past, the opening of the Rio Games felt tantalisingly close. Yet less than two weeks later, after a 20-hour debate, the Brazilian Senate voted to bring impeachment proceedings against Rousseff. She was immediately suspended from office for six months. The overwhelming Senate vote (55 votes to 22 in favour of opening…

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