Thursday, May 12, 2016
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was today suspended after the country's Senate voted to put her on trial over allegedly breaking budget laws.
The vote, after a marathon Senate session running through the night, resulted in 55 of 77 senators present voting in favour of putting President Rousseff on trial. While only a majority was needed to suspend the President, these numbers if duplicated later would be enough to remove her from office at the end of the trial, when a two-thirds vote would be needed.
President Rousseff now faces charges of hiding the extent of the public deficit in the lead up to the 2014 general election, where she was re-elected. She has denied all charges, calling the impeachment a "coup". The trial is to be heard by the Senate, and can last up to six months.
Michel Temer, currently serving as Vice President, is to serve as President while the trial is being heard.
== Sources ==
"Brazil impeachment: Dilma Rousseff condemns 'coup' and 'farce'" — BBC News Online, May 12, 2016
Anthony Boadle and Maria Carolina Marcello. "Brazil's Rousseff bows out defiantly after historic Senate vote to try her" — Reuters, May 12, 2016
Donna Bowater. "Brazil's senate vote has reduced Dilma Rousseff to a president exiled in her own country" — Telegraph Media Group, May 12, 2016