The Brazilian Senate voted on Thursday in favour of putting President Dilma Rousseff on impeachment trial for breaking budget laws by 55 votes to 22.
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 Vice-President Michel Temer will become acting president during her trial.
In the meantime, starting Thursday, Temer was to take over as interim president of Latin America’s biggest country — ending 13 years of rule by Rousseff’s leftist Workers’ Party. Temer, from the center-right PMDB party, was preparing to announce a new government and says his priority is to address Brazil’s worst recession in decades and end the paralysis gripping Congress during the battle over Rousseff.
A onetime Marxist guerrilla tortured under the country’s military dictatorship in the 1970s, Rousseff has denounced the impeachment drive as a coup and vows to fight on during the trial. Brazilian media reported she would be officially notified of the vote’s result at 10:00 am (1300 GMT) and would make a statement to the nation.
(With inputs from Reuters and AFP)