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Dilma Rousseff stripped of Brazil’s presidency

1 September 2016 7:23

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Dilma Rousseff has been stripped of Brazil’s presidency following a Senate impeachment vote in Brasilia.

Senators voted on Wednesday by a majority of 61 to 20 to remove Rousseff from office.

She was convicted of breaking fiscal rules in her management of the 2014 federal budget.

The vote was enough to immediately remove Brazil’s first female president from office.

Interim President Michel Temer, who had run the country following the suspension of Rousseff in May, will be sworn in at about 4:00 p.m. local time (1900 GMT) in congress.

Temer is scheduled to complete Rousseff’s presidential term until the next scheduled elections in late 2018.

The Senate voted to suspend Rousseff in May.

During a 12-hour trial session on August 29, Rousseff denied the allegations and called the impeachment a coup d’état.

On Wednesday, senators held another vote on whether she will be deprived of public office for eight years after a ruling by Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski, the magistrate overseeing her trial.

The majority of the senators voted against preventing the leftist president from holding any public office for the next eight years.

Under Brazil’s constitution, a sacked president loses political rights for eight years and should be banned from holding any public job for eight years.

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