Brazil President Dilma Rousseff removed from office by Senate

Source: BBC

Brazil’s Senate has voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office for manipulating the budget.

It puts an end to the 13 years in power of her left-wing Workers’ Party. Ms Rousseff denied the charges.

Sixty-one senators voted in favour of her impeachment and 20 against, meeting the two-thirds majority needed to remove her from the presidency.

Acting President Michel Temer will serve out Ms Rousseff’s term, which ends on 1 January 2019.

Mr Temer, from the centre-right PMDB party, is expected to be officially sworn in later on Wednesday.

‘See you soon’

Ms Rousseff did win one battle on Wednesday – a Senate vote on banning her from public office for eight years failed to pass, meaning she could in theory return to politics.

Pledging to appeal against her impeachment, she told her supporters: “Right now, I will not say goodbye to you. I am certain I can say: ‘See you soon.'”

She added: “They have convicted an innocent person and carried out a parliamentary coup.”

 

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