Brazilian Senate vote to suspend President Rousseff
Thursday, May 12, 2016
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, 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.
, currently serving as Vice President, is to serve as President while the trial is being heard.
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- Anthony Boadle and Maria Carolina Marcello. "Brazil's Rousseff bows out defiantly after historic Senate vote to try her" — , May 12, 2016
- Donna Bowater. "Brazil's senate vote has reduced Dilma Rousseff to a president exiled in her own country" — , May 12, 2016