Brazil’s Council Urges Corruption Crackdown and Asks Congress to Be Bigger Than the Crisis

    Members of the Brazilian government’s Economic and Social Development Council (CDES, Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Econômico e Social) called for a rigorous investigation into all charges of corruption.

    “This is the only way to ensure that the country clearly sees that impunity will not prevail,” said a declaration released by the council.

    The declaration was read in the presence of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who attended the council meeting.

    The council also asked members of Congress to ensure that the legislative branch operates normally in spite of its congressional investigative commissions.

    “Congress must show that it is bigger than the crisis and put the interests of the nation above party and personal interests,” said the declaration.

    The document closes by saying it has faith in Brazil’s ability to overcome another difficult moment.

    The council operates as an advisor to the president. It consists of 12 representatives from the government and 90 representatives from civil society.

    Agência Brasil


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