— teleSUR English (@telesurenglish) August 31, 2016
As expected, Brazil’s Senate on Wednesday voted to impeach suspended President Dilma Rousseff.
The 61-20 vote to oust her from office means an end to 13 years of rule by the Workers’ Party and the completion of her term by conservative Interim President and former Vice President Michel Temer, who, as the Guardian reports, “was among the leaders of the conspiracy against his former running mate.”
As ABC News reports, the nation’s first female president faced charges of “violating fiscal laws by using loans from public banks to cover budget shortfalls, which artificially enhanced the budget surplus.” Critics of the process, however, have repeatedly argued the legal grounds for those charges are essentially non-existent and evidence suggests the charges were largely, if not exclusively, politically motivated.
During her speech to lawmakers on Monday, Rousseff rejected the charges levied against her and reiterated her belief the proceedings represented a coup. She warned, “I’m afraid that democracy will be damned with me.”