Dilma Rousseff impeached after a majority in the senate voted in favor. She was elected the first female president of Brazil in 2010. A very popular figure that could rally the crowds. She saw the country through a period of economic growth. The World Cup and the Olympics coming to Rio de Janeiro also had a lot to do with her ambition. But today saw the end of Dilma Rousseff’s political career. After holding the highest office in the country, she will go back to being just another politician.
Dilma Rousseff’s Impeachment
After sixteen hours of speeches the Senate held the vote on whether or not to impeach current president elect of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff. For a definite result a majority of 58 votes (two thirds) would have been necessary. The final result was 61 votes in favor of the impeachment. And just 20 votes against it. Nobody abstained and the total quorum was 81.
A different vote, on whether or not Dilma Rousseff can hold public office for the next eight years also took place. The Senate voted 42 No and 36 Yes. As such, Rousseff will be able to hold public office again in the future.
Rousseff was not present in the Senate for the vote. She delivered a speech to supporters and former colleagues after the vote. In it she called the impeachment a parliamentary coup and the process a judicial farce. A judicial farce that took her down from a role the people had elected her to.
The Future for Brazil
Interim president of Brazil, Michel Temer has received support from the United States. A spokesman for the US State Department said: “We are confident we will continue our strong bilateral relationship. This was a decision made by the Brazilian people and obviously we respect that … Brazilian democratic institutions have acted within its constitutional framework.” The position taken by the United States clearly supports the position that this was not a coup.
After being sworn in by Congress, Michel Temer said it was time to unite the country, that he will work to rescue the economy and guarantee political stability for foreign investors. “From today on, the expectations are much higher for the government. I hope that in these two years and four months, we do what we have declared – put Brazil back on track,” he said.
However, small groups of Rousseff supporters are still out in the streets. On Monday night there were clashes between anti-impeachment protesters and riot police in São Paulo. The Rousseff camp is aware that there can be no overturning of today’s vote. They are protesting to hold their ground. Weary of further clampdowns on the opposition, they want to make their presence noticed.
Michel Temer is going to attend the G20 summit in Hangzhou, China. He is hoping to lend credibility to Brazil’s position and reassure everyone that everything is well. Brazil’s credit ratings and its further economic growth hang in the balance. For everything to continue smoothly, Brazil must present an image of stability and balance.
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