Brazil Senate votes to place President Rousseff on impeachment trial
A final vote in the Senate later this year could remove her office definitively and keep Temer in power until elections in 2018
Brazil's senate votes to put President Roussef on impeachment trial with a vote of 55 to 22 on Thursday for breaking budget laws.
Rousseff, whose Workers’ Party has held the presidency since 2003, has said that opponents are “ripping up the constitution” and plotting to undo policies that seek to lift tens of millions of people from grinding poverty.
“If they can do this to me, what will they do to working people?” she asked, announcing a new increase to the family allowance program called Bolsa Familia earlier this month.
Rousseff could be replaced by her vice president, Michel Temer, the leader of Brazil’s biggest center-right party and a former coalition partner in Rouseff’s government.
A final vote in the Senate later this year, possibly in September, could remove her office definitively and keep Temer in power until elections in 2018.