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Brazil Impeaches First Female President Dilma Rousseff over Alleged Budget Manipulation

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 President Dilma Rousseff points to an economic chart displaying oil prices while answering a question from a Senator on the Senate floor during her impeachment trial on August 29, 2016 in Brasilia, Brasil. Senators will vote in the coming days whether to impeach and permanently remove Rousseff from office. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Dilma Rousseff points to an economic chart displaying oil prices while answering a question from a Senator on the Senate floor during her impeachment trial on August 29, 2016 in Brasilia, Brasil. 

Brazil’s Senate, by a wide margin, removed leftist President Dilma Rousseff from office on Wednesday.

The country’s first female president’s  offence was that she broke budgetary laws.

Senators voted 61-20 to convict Rousseff for illegally using money from state banks to boost public spending.

The Senators, however did not succeed in barring Rousseff from public office for eight years.

Her conservative former Vice President Michel Temer, who has run the country since her suspension in May, will be sworn-in to serve out the remainder of her term through 2018.

The impeachment  has polarized the country and paralyzed its politics for nine months.

Brazil’s first female president has denied any wrongdoing and said the impeachment process was aimed at protecting the interests of the country’s economic elite and rolling back social programs that lifted millions of Brazilians from poverty during the last decade.

Her opponents, however, have hailed the chance to turn the page on a drawn-out political crisis, the country’s worst recession in generations and a sweeping corruption scandal at state oil company Petrobras.

Motorists honked car horns in the Brazilian capital in a blaring tribute to the removal of a president whose popularity had dwindled to single figures since winning re-election in 2014.

In Brazil’s largest city, Sao Paulo, fireworks exploded in celebration after the vote.

Temer has vowed to boost an economy that has shrunk for six consecutive quarters and implement austerity measures to plug a record budget deficit, which cost Brazil its investment-grade credit rating last year.

However, he is likely to face bitter political opposition from the Workers Party, which has vowed to take to the streets in protest.

 Photo Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images

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9 Comments

  1. Tosin

    August 31, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    chei!

  2. Uberhaute looks

    August 31, 2016 at 9:11 pm

    Hopefully they won’t regret impeaching her

  3. Anon

    August 31, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    A covert coup d’etat. Taken out by the real criminals.

    • Lala

      September 1, 2016 at 8:54 am

      Exactly, here in the UK, the public knows that it is global n western interests who took this woman out. Her policies were mostly socialist and has brought many Brazilians out of poverty. The same reason why the press has gone all out against Jeremy Corbyn. Unfortunately, we are all puppets of corporate interests.

  4. I

    August 31, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    They did to Rousseff what they did to GEJ. The old destructive cartel took her out for trying to change the MO. They gullibly went back to the old. Brazil learn from Nigeria, shambles you go.

  5. Dele

    August 31, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    I hope they are sincere………..

  6. nwa nna

    September 1, 2016 at 2:46 am

    Yet in my beloved Nigeria, they tell us budget padding is not a crime!! What a difference in morals!

  7. Ibukunoluwa

    September 1, 2016 at 3:26 am

    I’m surprised feminists are not yet screaming she got impeached because she is a woman…

    • Karashika

      September 1, 2016 at 3:53 am

      Hush fool. U lot obsession with feminist is getting out of hand

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