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Brazil the nation to most likely rapture BRICS?

China’s President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, Brazil’s President Michel Temer and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin pose for a group picture at the BRICS summit meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

The election of Brazil’s new President, Jair Bolsonaro has been seen as a dilemma for the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) grouping. This because of the Bolsonaro’s Presidential campaign messages – he promised: “liberate Brazil from the ideology of its international relations that it subjected Brazil to in recent years.”

The ” liberation of Brazil from socialism” as declared by the far right-wing President has been viewed as the collapse of the grouping. The future of the bloc has been foreseen as “RICS” – Brazil the nation most likely to rapture BRICS.

Brasilia’s stance on the Venezuela crisis is another factor the world is anticipating a ‘Braxit’. A crisis concerning who is the legitimate President of Venezuela has been underway since 10 January 2019, when the National Assembly (the oppositional majority)declared the reelection of Nicolás Maduro as invalid and declared Juan Guaidó as acting President. Brazil has declared support for Juan Guaidó, while Russia and China are rallying behind six-year President Maduro. Brazil joined the US in backing the acting President.

Brazil has, however, not announced an exit – the country has assumed the Presidency of the grouping.

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In an interview with IOL.co.za, South Africa Minister of International Relations and Diplomacy, Ms. Lindiwe Sisulu whether she foresees difficulty within the BRICS with Brazil’s new administration, its anti-China rhetoric and the country’s association with the US.

The Minster responded; 

BRICS is an association of willing partners who would like to assist each other. Governments come and ago and we are still hoping that the association will last. The President of Brazil has not broken away from BRICS, and he is the Chair of BRICS this year. We will wait and see what he has to say about BRICS, but I don’t expect that his relationships with other people will take him away from BRICS. We built the association over a long period of time and its successes speak for themselves – reports IOL.

 

By: Kgothatso Nkanyane

Venezuela Crisis: Brazil deploys troops as tensions rise

 

Brazilian President Michel Temer signed a declaration on Tuesday 28 August to send the army to “guarantee law and order” on the Venezuelan border, following the latest violent incident. More than a thousand homeless Venezuelan who migrants swamped into Brazil’s northwestern Roraima state, were driven back by a mob of angry citizens earlier in month. 

Temer says deployment of troops is aimed at proving “security for Brazilian citizens but also Venezuelan immigrants feeling their country”. The Brazilian President further said that the Venezuelan crisis was “tragic”, as it “threatens the harmony of practically the entire continent”. The international community has to adopt diplomatic measures, he said.
The United Nations reported that 2.3 million Venezuelan’s are living outside the homeland, with 1.6 million of those having left since 2015.

The Brazilian President didn’t reveal the number of soldiers to be deployed. According to Defense Minister, Joaquim Silvia e Luna, the troops are already in place on the border.

Security Minister, Sergio Etchegoyen warned that Brazil “needs to discipline” the inundation of migrants.

 

Source: The Straits Times

Brazilian Judge closes then opens border with Venezuela

Brazil closed and then reopened its border with Venezuela, the reason for the closure is due to the mass influx of refugees coming from the political and economic-stricken Venezuela. Venezuela refugees are coming to Brazil in hopes of changing their circumstances, as many are not only jobless but are suffering from malnutrition, starvation and poor health conditions.

The Judgement to close the border was done because of the concentration of refugees in the northern regions of Brazil, the Brazil government wanted a period where they could relocate refugees to other areas in Brazil. Brazil’s Supreme Court, overturned the border closure decision sighting that it’s unjustified for Brazil to choose the easy path of closing its gates, because of difficulties in managing refugees.

Already 40, 000 Venezuelans have crossed the Brazil border settling in the Northern State of Roraima’s Capital City Boa Vista, making up 20% of the population in that city, the State Governor of Roraima. Suely Campus praised the decision to close the border because of the lack of resources and the need for financial aid. Almost 800 Venezuelans cross the border every day in Brazil, and more than 70, 000 people have crossed this year alone.

The Venezuelan refugee crisis is also expected to further deepen as Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, was almost assassinated last week from a drone attack.

Source: aljazeera.com