Brazil’s Temer faces a perfect storm in April

Two landmark corruption trials and the first hurdle for a crucial pension reform mean that April could make or break Brazilian President Michel Temer’s presidency, or bring it to an abrupt end.

A Supreme Court judge is due to lift the seal on plea bargain testimony that could lead to the dismissal of five ministers. Temer’s reform of Brazil’s social security system – key to his plans to restore fiscal discipline – also faces a first vote in committee by mid-April.

But it is a case before the Supreme Electoral Tribunal (TSE), opening on Tuesday, that could do most damage by annulling the 2014 election of impeached ex-president Dilma Rousseff – and her running mate Temer – for illegal campaign funding.

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