Just 12 days after Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment, the government of interim president Michel Temer is being rocked by its first scandal. What seemed totally unthinkable just a few days ago no longer seems impossible: Rousseff's return to the presidential palace.
"If Dilma returns and former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (pictured above) takes on a strategic function in the cabinet - short term, that's the only possible solution," according to Valeriano Costa, a Brazilian political scientist and director of the Center for Political Opinion Research at Unicamp University. "Lula may just manage to work out a deal with the political elite that includes the left party spectrum and guarantees the country can be governed until the 2018 elections."
"Brazil has become more modern, the economy has improved, so much has improved - but the old political system hasn't changed, it's just like it was in 1930, and that's the big problem," the political scientist says. Perhaps now, the time has come for change, he adds.
No one can say what will happen next. There are indications that the government crisis in Brazil will get worse, as more leaks of compromising telephone conversations have been announced for the next few days, including tapes of ex-President Jose Sarney and Renan Calheiros, the President of the Senate.