Dilma Rousseff Loses Round 1: Senate Votes to Suspend President

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will be facing an impeachment trial after the Senate voted against her presidentship on Thursday in the wake of her involvement in the violation of budgetary laws.

Almost 20 hours of debate in the Senate House led to the decision that the first female president of the nation would have to face a trial because her name is dragged into a corruption scandal. Rousseff has remained a leftist since 2011 and has now been replaced by her centrist Vice-President, Michel Temer. Temer is taking over as an interim president for up to six months, which is the expected duration of the Senate trial.

The suspended president called the impeachment trial “a coup” as she spoke to the public for the first time since the senators voted for the trial against her. Rousseff took less than an hour to make two speeches. One was for the reporters who awaited her response outside the Senate while another one was for her supporters. “I’m the victim of a great injustice,” she told supporters.

She called the efforts to be one of the moves of her opponents, which continued since she took over as the Brazilian president. “My government was the target of nonstop sabotage,” Rousseff said as quoted by CNN. “The objective was to stop me from governing and therefore allow an environment inviting the coup.”

She said she would not give up and would fight against all the claims and betrayal. “I may have made mistakes but I did not commit any crime.”

According to the ABC, Rousseff called it “necessary to fight against” the Senate’s decision. She also told her supporters that it was the “tragic hour” for the country as her suspension would give her opponents a chance to achieve the social and economic advantage against her that was not possible during her reign as the president.

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