Brazil’s Rouss­eff Moves Close to Im­peach­ment

The Economic Times - - Around The World - MARIA CAROLINA MAR­CELLO & ALONSO SOTO

Brasilia: Brazil’s left­ist Pres­i­dent Dilma Rouss­eff suf­fered a hu­mil­i­at­ing loss in a cru­cial im­peach­ment vote in the lower house of Congress on Sun­day and is al­most cer­tain to be forced from of­fice months be­fore the na­tion hosts the Olympics.

Fire­works lit up the night sky in Brazil’s me­gac­i­ties of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro af­ter the op­po­si­tion com­fort­ably sur­passed the two-thirds ma­jor­ity needed to send Rouss­eff for trial in the Se­nate on charges of ma­nip­u­lat­ing bud­get ac­counts.

The fi­nal tally was 367 votes cast in favour of im­peach­ment, ver­sus 137 against, and seven ab­sten­tions. Two law­mak­ers did not show up to vote.

If the Se­nate now votes by a sim­ple ma­jor­ity in early May to pro­ceed with the im­peach­ment, as ex­pected, Rouss­eff would be sus­pended from her post and be re­placed by Vice Pres­i­dent Michel Te­mer as act­ing pres­i­dent, pend­ing her trial. Te­mer would serve out Rouss­eff’s term un­til 2018 if she is found guilty.

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