BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT IMPEACHED BY SENATORS ACCUSED OF MORE SERIOUS CRIMES


Less than halfway through her elected mandate, Dilma Rousseff has been stripped of her presidential duties for at least six months after senators voted 55-22 to impeach her and put her on trial.

After what one politician called the “saddest day for Brazil’s young democracy”, a majority of the senators voted after a late-running impeachment debate that they would vote to suspend the Workers’ party leader, putting economic problems, political paralysis and alleged fiscal irregularities ahead of the 54 million votes that put her in office.

Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president, will have to step aside for at least six months while she is tried in the upper house for allegedly manipulating government accounts ahead of the previous election. Her judges will be senators, many of whom are accused of more serious crimes.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/12/dilma-rousseff-brazil-president-impeached-senate-vote

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