Brazil: Nation Adrift

More than two months have passed since the dramatic abdication of Brazil's President Janio Quadros, and the country is still in a quandary, its politics confused and its economy in worsening shape. The new parliamentary system, installed to limit the powers of Quadros' demagogic successor, Vice President Joao ("Jango") Goulart, has limited the government's ability to govern. Laws go unpassed because there are rarely enough members of Parliament on hand to form a quorum. Both Goulart and his Prime Minister, who is supposed to hold administrative power, issue decrees as the mood suits them.

Worst of all, inflation continues unchecked. Beans...

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