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Brazil’s President, Dilma Rousseff Impeached
Brazil’s Senate has voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office for manipulating the budget; an accusation the president firmly denied.
It puts an end to the 13 years her left-wing Workers’ Party has been in power.
Sixty-one senators voted in favour of her impeachment with 20 against, meeting the two-thirds majority needed to remove her from the presidency.
Acting President, Michel Temer will serve out Rousseff’s term, which ends on 1 January 2019.
Rousseff was suspended in May after the Senate voted to go ahead with with impeachment process.
She was accused of moving funds between government budgets, which is illegal under Brazilian law.
Her critics said she was trying to plug deficit holes in popular social programmes to boost her chances of being re-elected for a second term in October 2014.
Rousseff fought the allegations, which she said amounted to a coup d’etat.
She argued that her right-wing political rivals had been trying to remove her from office ever since she was re-elected.
“From the day after I was elected, several measures were taken to destabilise my government. And you have been systematically making accusations against me,” she said when she defended herself in the Senate on Monday.
She said that she was being ousted because she had allowed wide-ranging corruption investigations to go ahead which resulted in many high-profile politicians being charged.
But senators who voted in favour of her impeachment said it was Rousseff and the Workers’ Party who were corrupt and needed to go.
Her policies, her u-turn on the economy after the election and corruption in her party were constantly part of the debate.
Temer will be officially sworn in on Wednesday and has promised to boost Brazil’s economy, which is going through its longest and deepest recession in the past quarter of a century.
His critics have already warned that he plans to cut many of the popular social programmes introduced by the Workers’ Party.