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White male cabinet raises fears of backsliding in diverse Brazil

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 01:10

Interim president Michel Temer's all white, male cabinet raises fears that steps toward diversity and social inclusion under leftist rule will be left to slide backwards. Nathan Frandino reports.

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With Dilma Rousseff suspended from office in Brazil, her supporters are fighting for one of her cabinet's chief traits, diversity... which they say has been gutted by interim president Michel Temer. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZILIAN PROTESTER, MARIA BOPP, SAYING: "Temer's government is illegitimate, patriarchal, machista and does not represent us. Women will take to the streets every day until (that government) falls." Temer was sworn in last week following the Senate's decision to put Rousseff on trial for breaking budget laws. His group of 23 ministers now look a lot like him... white, male and mostly old, a far cry from a country considered one of the biggest racial and cultural melting pots. It's a makeup that Rousseff says is cause for concern. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) SUSPENDED PRESIDENT, DILMA ROUSSEFF, SAYING: "Blacks and women are fundamental if you want to create a truly inclusive country, not just socially but culturally and in terms of human rights." Temer's new chief of staff said they tried to look for women but - quote - it wasn't possible.

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White male cabinet raises fears of backsliding in diverse Brazil

Monday, May 16, 2016 - 01:10