Brazil’s senate removes Dilma Rousseff as president

File Photo of Brazil's former president Dilma Rouseff.

Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff has been removed of the country’s presidency in a Senate impeachment vote ending 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America’s biggest economy.

Her Vice President turned bitter political enemy, Michel Temer, has been sworn in as her replacement.

Rousseff, 68, was convicted by 61 of the 81 senators of illegally manipulating the national budget. The vote, passing the needed two-thirds majority, meant she was immediately removed from office.

It was a mixed scene in the Senate chamber as the verdict flashed up on the electronic voting screen.

Senate approved the removal of Dilma Rouseff as President of the country.

Senate approved the removal of Dilma Rouseff as President of the country.

According to TV channels, pro-impeachment senators burst into a rendering of the national anthem, some waving Brazilian flags, while allies of Rousseff stood stony faced.

“I will not associate my name to this infamy,” read a sign held up by one senator.

Brazil’s first female president, holed up in the presidential palace on the outskirts of the capital Brasilia with close aides, was expected to make a statement soon after the vote.

The veteran center-right politician, whom Rousseff accuses of using the impeachment process to mount a coup, was then to leave for a G20 summit in China.
About 50 leftist demonstrators gathered outside the presidential palace to show their support.

“We are protesting against the coup and fighting for democracy,” said 61-year-old farmer Orlando Ribeiro.

In the center of the capital, extra security and the closing of avenues near the Senate caused massive traffic jams. Police said they were preparing for large protests later in the day.

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