The parliament of sleaze: A president on the brink of impeachment, prostitutes in congress and don’t even mention Miss BumBum… how Brazil’s government is in meltdown ahead of Rio Olympics
A minister whose Miss Bumbum model lover posed nude in front of parliament – then did a raunchy photo shoot with him inside his cabinet office…
Prostitutes providing sexual services inside the men’s bathrooms of the National Congress, and a leaked video apparently showing a leading politician fondling a woman’s breasts and receiving oral sex…
Congressmen caught engrossed in hardcore pornographic videos inside the Chamber of Deputies during a key debate on political reform.
And a senator who forgot to mute his phone when he opened a sex video during a vote to impeach the president – allowing a woman’s orgasmic screams to echo through the silent chamber before the fumbling politician managed to switch it off.
Welcome to Brazil’s corridors of power, where it is not hard to see why South America’s largest nation is descending into political farce and economic chaos.
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Uproar: Brazil’s parliamentarians stand accused of watching pornography in session and meeting prostitutes in the toilets – financial corruption. The former Minister for Tourism Alessandro Teixeira (who lasted just 20 days) was criticized after his wife Milena Santos (pictured) posed provocatively in his new office
Racy: Brazil’s corrupt corridors of power at one point saw former Miss BumBum Milena Santos posing in her husband’s office on his first day as Brazil’s new minister for tourism last month
Raunchy: Milena Santos’ antics, who was crowned Miss BumBum USA 2013, with Minister for Tourism Alessandro Teixeira (pictured together) caused outrage in Brazil, whose people are sick of farcical politics
And that’s even before you get to the serious issues. In Brazil’s last government, which was last week dismantled after the suspension of President Dilma Rousseff pending an impeachment trial, 19 cabinet serving ministers were under investigation for crimes including corruption, money-laundering and racketeering.
Rousseff is accused of illegally manipulating finances to hide a growing public deficit ahead of her re-election in 2014, charges she denies.
With Brazilians tired of corrupt politicians, you would have expected Interim President Michel Temer, who took office last week, to steer clear of names already tainted by accusations of wrongdoing. On the contrary.
Seven of Temer’s ministers – a third of his cabinet – are under investigation accused of involvement in a massive corruption scandal at state oil company Petrobras.
The so-called operation Car Wash investigation has so far uncovered a huge kickback and bribery scheme at the oil giant, with dozens of politicians accused of siphoning off at least £2.5billion of public money, much of which was allegedly used to fund election campaigns.
Other ministers have been accused or condemned for other crimes, with one – now in charge of transport – found guilty of stealing money meant for children’s school meals.
Chaos: Brazil’s corridors of power have come under severe scrutiny after leaked photographs and videos revealed that they are rife with prostitution and pornography. Pictured, the former Miss BumBum model who posed for a raunchy photo shoot in the office of her lover, the country’s new Minister for Tourism
Upset: In addition to posting the saucy pictures – captioned ‘My first day as First Lady of Tourism of Brazil’, Mr Teixeira is facing a backlash for hiring his wife’s aunt, who he paid £4,000 a month to act as his ‘adviser’
Temer’s chief of staff, meanwhile, was accused of inventing a ‘phantom’ member of cabinet in a previous government and pocketing the nonexistent employee’s salary.
Eliseu Padilha is also under investigation for concealment of assets, racketeering, bribery, embezzlement and improper conduct.
Incredibly, of the 23 cabinet members in Temer’s government, only six have never been investigated on charges of corruption.
Of those, one is a leader of the controversial Universal Church, considered a cult, which preaches that people are possessed by demons.
Another is the son of a Brazilian general found guilty of torture, assassination and disappearances during the military dictatorship.
Perhaps it’s not that surprising though – Temer himself is accused of receiving millions in illicit payments from the Petrobras scandal.
In fact, although he has taken office as president, he has been banned from running for election for eight years by Sao Paulo’s Electional Tribunal who are tasked with stopping ‘dirty’ politicians from seeking votes.
And during another corruption investigation in the 1990s, the man now leading Brazil was accused of receiving 21 bribery payments from a construction company, in return for lucrative contracts, totalling $345million.
For Paulo Baia, professor of political sociology at Rio de Janeiro’s federal university, Brazil’s endemic corruption is costing the resource-rich country dear.
He told MailOnline: ‘Corruption is the one biggest threat to Brazil. It hinders growth, it halts our development. Corruption is an extra tax that we all have to pay.
‘But while the people of Brazil want it to stop, the politicians who benefit from it don’t. The population is finally rising up, but they are coming up against a political system where corruption has been systemic for four centuries. It will take a long time to change.’
In fact, Brazilian politics are so corrupt, as incredible as it sounds, a former clown could end up becoming president if, as the country’s Order of Attorneys is insisting, all of those accused of wrongdoing are disqualified from office.
If Temer could no longer stay in office, power would be passed to the president of the Senate, Renan Calheiros – whose involvement in the Petrobras scandal is also being investigated.
The next person in line, president of the Chamber of Deputies Eduardo Cunha, has already been suspended accused of obstructing investigations into his alleged receipt of bribes.
High-class: Police have launched an investigation into possible prostitution in the men’s bathrooms of the Chamber of Deputies, after a video that appeared to show a man in a suit with a prostitute went viral
Wrong: Other call girls have claimed prostitution is common around the Brazilian parliament, with rich politicians willing to pay high figures to satisfy their sexual desires. Above, a still from the leaked footage
Only six out of 23 members of Interim President Michel Temer’s new cabinet have never been investigated on charges of corruption. More scandal hit parliament when footage of a high class prostitute emerged
The presidency, then, would have to be passed to the federal deputy who received the most votes at the last election, Celso Russomano, but he was found guilty of embezzlement in November last year.
The federal deputy with the second highest number of votes is Tiririca, a celebrity clown and comedian turned congressman is next in the long line to the presidency.
Ironically, the funny man was last year the most active lawmaker in parliament, voted one of Brazil’s best politicians and one of only eight per cent of deputies who didn’t miss a single session in four years.
Meanwhile, many of those holding high office who should have been concentrating on their jobs while the country slipped into crisis appear to have been more preoccupied with other things.
On the day Brazil’s new tourism minister Alessandro Teixeira took office last month, faced with the challenge of restoring Brazil’s image aIhead of the Olympics, he was busy posing for a series of risque photos with his busty model lover, Milena Santos, inside his cabinet office.
Milena, who won Miss Bumbum USA in 2013, later posted the images on her Facebook page along with the words ‘My first day as First Lady of Tourism of Brazil.’
She added: ‘It’s not for nothing that, behind a great man, there is always a beautiful and powerful woman.’
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff is suspended pending an impeachment trial. Supporters claim she has been the victim of a coup
Awkward: TV cameras caught congressman Joao Rodrigues, 48, sharing a pornographic video to another four giggling colleagues on his mobile phone
After the photos caused a national storm, she later reluctantly removed them, but wrote: ‘I’m outraged by people’s lack of ethics and respect,’ and vowed to run for public office herself this year.
It later emerged that Teixeira had been employing Milena’s aunt, who raised her as her daughter, on a salary of £4,000 a month as his ‘advisor’.
She was later removed from the post when the nepotism scandal become public. Soon after, even more titillating photos of the model posing topless in front of the National Congress building, taken when she was competing in the Miss Bumbum contest, went viral on social networking sites.
Milena later said in an interview: ‘I’m no longer a model, I haven’t taken part in beauty contests for a long time. People are associating me with my past. People complain that Brazil is in a bad state, but they pay more attention to a naked woman than they do to politics, and then complain that the government isn’t doing a good job.’
Teixeira himself only stayed in his post for less than a month, after taking over from his disgraced predecessor, Henrique Alves, who is also wrapped up in the operation Car Wash investigation. After Teixeira, who is allied to Ms Rousseff, was dismissed following her suspension, Temer reinstated Alves as tourism minister.
The political upheaval and volatile regime change means that most government departments have ground to a halt, with often devastating consequences for ordinary Brazilians affected by the impasse.
They include education, with students around the country occupying hundreds of schools to protest for better quality teaching and learning conditions, complaining of crumbling buildings and overcrowded classrooms.
Brazil’s heath department also faces its biggest crisis for years, with drastic cuts to frontline services while at the same time finding itself at centre of the fight against Zika virus, which has caused 1,113 cases of brain-deforming microcephaly in new-born babies in just the last six months.
And as the Olympics loom, the revolving door at Brazil’s sports ministry, which has seen three different ministers in just two months, is a huge concern for organisers. Sports minister George Hilton stepped down at the end of March after leading it for just over a year, replaced by Ricardo Leyser, an ally of Rousseff.
Show: For many voters in Brazil, what is most disappointing is that President Temer has awarded many of his closest friends political immunity from prosecution by giving them cabinet posts. Pictured, Miss Santos
Snapshot: Many leaked photographs and videos have emerged of Brazilian politicians caught in compromising positions, creating a scandal that is putting the country’s parliament in jeopardy. Pictured, Miss Santos
Nudity: More titillating photographs of model Milena Santos posing practically naked in front of the National Congress building went viral on social media, taken when she was a competitor in the Miss BumBum contest
And last week, as senators cast their votes for Rousseff’s impeachment, perhaps the most significant session in Brazil’s history, one speech was interrupted by a woman’s loud groans as an unidentified lawmaker opened another video without remembering to turn off the sound.
Internet footage of the embarrassing moment quickly went viral, amusing many but doing little to restore public confidence in politics at such a critical time.
Meanwhile, police announced last month they were launching an investigation into possible prostitution inside the bathrooms of the Chamber of Deputies after a Whatsapp video emerged of a woman performing oral sex on a man in a black suit, believed to have been filmed within the last two months.
Other photos show the man touching her cleavage and bottom. Police have already identified the woman, who they claim is a known prostitute.
A Brazilian newspaper claimed it has spoken to the woman, who confirmed she is a high-class prostitute and charges as much as £300 per session.
Other call girls claimed prostitution is common around the Brazilian parliament, with rich politicians willing to pay high figures to satisfy their sexual desires.
It is not the only new scandal which is set to explode in the coming months, heaping even more pressure on Brazil as it prepares to welcome the world to the Olympic Games in August.
And Brazil, which was once the envy of the world, with a booming economy, unprecedented growth and nearly full employment, could find itself mired in even more controversy.
Authorities investigating the Petrobras scandal, as well as other corruption cases, are expected to issue more arrest warrants within days, which could still bring down Temer’s fledgling but already tainted government.
Just days ago, a separate investigation launched by a Sao Paulo court requested the opening of an investigation into three former mayors suspected of ‘administrative dishonesty’. Of the three, two are new ministers on Temer’s government – foreign minister José Serra and minister for Communications, Science and Techology Gilberto Kassab.
The investigation added shame to two more members of his hand-picked cabinet, already criticised for comprising of only white, upper-class men.
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