BRAZIL: Politics & Coffee

From shoeshine boys to industrial tycoons, Brazilians never tire of talking politics and coffee, and last week there was some zestful news about each. In Congress, the first impeachment proceedings in Brazilian history were under way against President Getulio Vargas. Acting under an obscure 1950 law allowing anyone to make official charges against the President, a small-time politico put before Congress allegations of assorted presidential wrongdoing. Opposition Congressmen mischievously forced the matter to the floor, and the debate was on.

Scurrying to read the Constitution, Deputies found that a majority vote would suspend the President until the Senate could try...

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