Brazil President Dilma Rousseff impeached

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff impeached

Brazilian senators have voted to put President Dilma Rousseff on trial for breaking budget laws. She has been suspended from her post after five years in power.

Brazil President Dilma Rousseff impeached

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil impeached by Senate

Brazil's Senate voted Thursday morning to begin an impeachment trial for the country's first woman president.

"Today we are trying to overcome this situation by removing an irresponsible government. We have no alternative," said Senator Blairo Maggi, Reuters reported.

The senate voted 55 against 22 in favour of putting the Brazilian president on trial.

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Vice-President Michel Temer is to become acting president during Rousseff’s trial, according to the senate.

The vote comes amid the country's worst economic crisis since the 1930s and with just three months before the world flocks to Brazil for the Olympics.

The impeachment process against Rousseff started back in 2015. The charges against the first female president of Brazil include administrative misconduct, disregarding the federal budget, and corruption.

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