Wednesday 24 May 2017

Brazil's Senate votes to impeach President Dilma Rousseff

Members of Brazil's Senate react after a vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff for breaking budget laws in Brasilia, Brazil, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino
Members of Brazil's Senate react after a vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff for breaking budget laws in Brasilia, Brazil, May 12, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Brazil's Senate has voted 55-22 to impeach the country's first female president.

Dilma Rousseff is accused of using accounting tricks to hide large budget deficits.

She will be suspended and replaced for up to six months by Vice President Michel Temer pending a trial in the Senate.

The trial will determine whether Ms Rousseff can serve out her second term, or whether her ally-turned-enemy, Mr Temer, will remain in the top job until the December 2018 end of the term.

The result represents a victory for the pro-impeachment camp and was significantly higher than the simple majority of 41 votes needed to suspend her.

It sends a signal that Ms Rousseff faces an uphill battle to return to power.

Thursday's vote capped a marathon session in the Senate that lasted more than 20 hours.

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