For more on Rousseff and her Communist past, see HERE. She’s clearly more than a “one-time guerrilla fighter”.
In a vote whose outcome was largely expected, moments ago the Brazilian Senate concluded a marathon 21 hour session with a 55 to 22 vote to suspend President Dilma Rousseff from office to face an impeachment trial, ushering in a new government to take command of Latin America’s largest economy. Rousseff will be tried on allegations she illegally doctored fiscal accounts to mask the size of the budget deficit.
When officially notified later on Thursday morning, Brazil’s first woman president will be suspended, ending 13 years of rule by the leftist Workers Party, and the “market friendly” Vice President Michel Temer will become acting president during her trial.
As Bloomberg adds, “from the moment she receives the notification, the process of impeachment for the crime of responsibility takes effect,” Senate President Renan Calheiros said after voting ended. She is expected to be notified within hours, and give a press conference at 10 a.m. local time.
Rousseff, a one-time guerrilla fighter, now must step down and stand trial in the Senate, in a process that could by law last as long as 180 days and result in her permanent removal from office. Rousseff will maintain some presidential privileges such as an official residence, a salary, a security detail, personal staff and transportation. Vice President Michel Temer, 75, will take over as interim president. Many expect the switch to be permanent.
Ironically, leading members of Rousseff successor Temer’s Brazilian Democratic Movement Party are under investigation for the same allegations that plagued many of Rousseff’s allies, meaning the public could turn against his administration as well. Sixty-two percent of respondents in an Ibope poll last month said new elections rather than impeachment would have been the best solution to the political crisis. Backers of the Workers’ Party, which has strong ties to unions and protest movements, have already pledged to stage demonstrations and work stoppages to push for Temer’s ouster.
Full article: Brazil President Rousseff Suspended, To Be Put On Trial After Losing Impeachment Vote (Zero Hedge)