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Brazil's President Rousseff ousted from office by Senate

Brazil's ousted and incoming leaders go from allies to foes Brazil's President Rousseff ousted from office by Senate
Stacy Diaz | 01 September, 2016, 13:17

The Senate on Wednesday impeached Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's first female president, and removed her from office for the rest of her term, the capstone of a power struggle that has consumed the nation for months and toppled one of the hemisphere's most powerful political parties.

The vote in Brazil ends 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America's biggest economy, depriving Venezuela and other leftist governments of an important ally.

Lawmakers voted 61-20 Wednesday to remove Rousseff from office, finding her guilty of breaking budgetary laws in an impeachment trial.

Conservative Michel Temer, the former vice president who has run Brazil since Rousseff's suspension in May, was then sworn in to serve out the remainder of the presidential term through 2018.

Rousseff was accused of taking illegal state loans to patch budget holes in 2014, masking the country's problems as it slid into economic disarray. But a majority of Brazil senators agreed that Rousseff violated budget laws in her responsibility for presenting the country's deficit.

In the day's surprise twist, a separate vote to bar Rousseff from holding any public office for eight years failed to pass, meaning she could in theory re-enter political life.

"People will see him as a lame duck and he will face a very hard political environment", she said.

Temer's party "needs to clearly state the level of its compromise with this government and the agenda of reforms that need to be put before the National Congress immediately", said Aecio Neves, the party's president.

“We condemn the parliamentary coup against brazils democracy.

As the economy worsened, hundreds of thousands took to the streets in early 2015, with many demanding her ouster and that of her left-leaning Workers' Party.

In an emotional speech on Monday, Rousseff compared the trial to her persecution under Brazil's 1964-1985 military dictatorship, when she was tortured by security services as a member of a leftist urban guerrilla group.

After almost a year of political turmoil, Brazil can now redouble its efforts to put the economy back on track, a challenge that includes spending caps and pension cuts, President Michel Temer told his cabinet following a swearing-in ceremony in Congress.

After becoming Brazil's acting president in May, he set about naming his official cabinet, which ended up including nothing but white men "in a country that is more than 50% nonwhite", according to USA Today.

American economic adviser David Riedel said that the country now had no chance but to embrace economic reforms, in the wake of a fall of commodity prices that led to the rise Rousseff, and her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula.

Rousseff's counsel, veteran lawyer Jose Eduardo Cardozo, retorted that the charges were trumped up to punish the president's support for a huge corruption investigation that has snared many of Brazil's elite.

In an attempt to bring calm to the streets and reassure ordinary Brazilians, Temer said: "This is a moment of hope, to rebuild trust in Brazil". "At this time, I will not say goodbye to you", she said while promising to return and fight a government she believes was installed in a coup.

She was elected Brazil's president in 2010 with Silva's backing.

"We should ask her forgiveness if she is convicted", he added.