Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brazil President Impeached after Marathon Debate

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Brazil President Impeached after Marathon Debate

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Byline: Michael Howie

BRAZIL'S president Dilma Rousseff will be put on trial after politicians today voted to impeach her following a dramatic marathon debate.

The country's first woman leader could be suspended for up to six months pending the trial for allegedly breaking budget laws. It means she is unlikely to be in charge when the Rio Olympics are held in August.

After a 20-hour debate which went on through the night and finished at 5.45am, Brazil's senate voted 55 to 22 to impeach the president.

It represents a massive fall from grace for the former Marxist guerrilla who was first elected in 2010 on a promise to slash poverty. Three years ago she enjoyed 80 per cent approval ratings.

The trial in the Senate will determine whether Ms Rousseff can serve out her second term. A two-thirds majority of senators is needed to convict her.

Meanwhile vice-president Michel Temer, a one-time ally who became a fierce opponent, will be in charge of the country. …

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