Brazil’s Senate Impeaches Its 1st Female President Rousseff

Brazil’s first female president Dilma Rousseff has been thrown out of office by the country’s corruption-tainted senate after a gruelling impeachment trial that ends 13 years of Workers’ party rule.

Following a crushing 61 to 20 defeat in the upper house, she will be replaced for the remaining two years and four months of her term by Michel Temer, a centre-right patrician who was among the leaders of the campaign against his former running mate.

In a separate vote, the senate voted 42 to 36 not to bar Rousseff from public office for eight years.

Rousseff, who came to power in 2011 and was the country’s first female president, stood accused of manipulating state budgets as she ran for re-election in 2014.

She was also accused of improperly granting loans to the Federal Government from state-owned banks. However, she denied any wrongdoing and has called her trial a right-wing “coup’’.

The impeachment proceedings — the first in Brazil in more than two decades — were opened in December.

Rousseff was then suspended from office in May after the lower house of Congress voted to impeach her.

 

 

 


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