Sunday 25 September 2016

Brazil's Senate votes to impeach President Dilma Rousseff

Published 12/05/2016 | 11:13

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.

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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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