Senate impeaches President Rousseff in Brazil

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Brazil’s Senate overwhelmingly in the final phase of her impeachment trial voted on Wednesday to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office on charges of breaking budget laws.
A report from the Senate said the 61-20 vote in the upper house of Congress brings to an end 13 years of rule by the leftist Workers’ Party.

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This was well clear of the 54 votes needed for a two-thirds majority.

The report added that the interim President, Michel Temer of the centre-right Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, would now take over country’s the leadership until its next presidential election in 2018.

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Rousseff, who came to power in 2011 and was the country’s first female president, stood accused of manipulating state budgets as she ran for re-election in 2014.

She was also accused of improperly granting loans to the Federal Government from state-owned banks.

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However, she denied any wrongdoing and has called her trial a right-wing “coup’’.

The impeachment proceedings — the first in Brazil in more than two decades — were opened in December.

Rousseff was then suspended from office in May after the lower house of Congress voted to impeach her. (dpa/NAN)

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