Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff Dismissed

The vote in the Senate to impeach President Dilma Rousseff also disqualifies her from public office for eight years.


Senators in Brazil on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 voted to impeach the country’s first female President Dilma Rousseff after a five-day hearing. The impeachment automatically bans her from public office for eight years, The Telegraph reported. Brazil’s Senate has voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff, finding her guilty of manipulating the budget.

Sixty-one Senators voted in favour of her impeachment and 20 against, meeting the two-thirds majority needed to remove her from the presidency, BBC reported. Acting President Michel Temer who replaced Dilma Rousseff when she was suspended in May 2016, will serve out Ms Rousseff’s term, which ends on January 1, 2019.

The Senators answered the question by electronic panel asked by the President of the Supreme Court, Ricardo Lewandowski. The question was, “Did the accused, the President of the Republic, Dilma Vana Rousseff, commit the crimes of responsibility corresponding to borrowing from a financial institution controlled by the Union and the opening credits without authorisation from Congress, of which she is accused and should be condemned to the loss of her office, being therefore disqualified from the exercise of any public office for a period of eight years?”

Dilma Rousseff, of the centre-left Workers’ Party, is accused of breaking budget laws to disguise public accounts before her re-election in 2014. Her critics reportedly said she was trying to plug deficit holes in popular social programmes to boost her chances of being re-elected for a second term in October 2014. Ms Rousseff fought the allegations, which she said amounted to a coup d’etat.

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