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Yearbook 2011

Brazil. The newly elected President Dilma Rousseff's first major political crisis and yet another major scandal for the ruling party Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) characterized the first half of the year. One of the party's veterans and the president's closest men, the presidential secretary Antonio Palocci, was forced to resign from his post in early June after accusations of having used his political office for private gain. Cracks within the government-led coalition of PT also became evident in the wake of the Paloccian scandal, mainly between PT and PMDB (Partido do Movimento Democrático Brasileiro). In September, another minister, the Minister of Tourism Pedro Novais of the PMDB, resigned because of allegations of misappropriation of public funds, and in early December he was followed by Labor Minister Carlos Lupi from another of President Rousseff's support parties, accused of the same thing. Development Minister Fernando Pimentel from PT was also under investigation at the end of the year.

2011 Brazil

According to Countryaah official site, Brazil also emerged in 2011 as one of the fastest growing developing countries in the world. Despite the global financial crisis, the country's economy was estimated to grow by about 4% during the year. In September, the Brazilian government offered to financially support the crisis-hit euro zone together with China.

At the same time, crime continued to be one of Brazil's most serious domestic problems, although figures in November indicated that it had dropped somewhat. Part of that was explained by the "pacification policy" that Governor Sérgio Cabral has taken against drug leagues in Rio de Janeiro's slums, especially in the infamous Rocinha, and which in turn is explained by the city hosting the 2014 Soccer World Cup and the 2016 Olympics One of Rocinha's biggest drug dealers, Antônio Bomfim Lopes, called "Nem", was arrested on November 8. However, in several of the slums that have been "pacified" in recent years, the drug leagues have quickly re-established themselves. At the same time, corruption within the police force is still widespread. At the end of September, the Chief of Rio Military Police, Mário Sérgio Duarte,

During the rainy season at the beginning of the year, Rio and São Paulo were affected mainly by heavy rains and landslides that killed more than 700 people's lives. At the same time, the southern state of Rio Grande do Sul was hit by severe drought.

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