|Impeached Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff|
Brazil’s Senate ousted Dilma Rousseff as president Wednesday 31/08/2016, voting overwhelmingly to impeach the leftist leader in the culmination of a protracted process that has divided the country. The vote to impeach Rousseff was 61 to 20. Two-thirds of senators - 54 out of 81 - were needed for impeachment to pass. Senators broke into cheering and applause after the electronic voting was announced and sang the national anthem, concluding a process that was given the go-ahead in December.
But a second vote to strip Rousseff of her political rights for eight years fell well short of the required two-thirds supermajority, as 42 senators voted in favor of the penalty, with 36 opposed and three abstentions. However, a “clean slate” law could preclude her from running for office, though not from taking up a government position.
“Coup-mongers! History won’t forgive you!” Rousseff’s supporters in the Senate chanted after the second vote. The long-awaited Senate proceedings went ahead Wednesday, senators and Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski, who was presiding, debated points of order.
|Newly sworn-in President of Brazil, Michel Temer|
Emotions ran high as senators for and against Rousseff’s removal made emotional speeches. “Scoundrels!” roared Lindbergh Farias, from her left-wing Workers’ Party. Conservative Sen. Ronaldo Caiado retorted that the Workers’ Party was the real scandal for bringing Brazil to a “critical political and social moment.” Rousseff was suspended in May 2016 after the Senate confirmed a lower-house vote to send her to trial on charges that she broke budget laws. Her former vice president, Michel Temer, has been sworn-in as the new President by the congress.
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