Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff impeached
Following a vote at Brazil’s Senate yesterday, former President Dilma Rousseff has been impeached. With 61 in favour of the decision, the vote was weighted far more than the two thirds necessary for the action to be carried out.
Rousseff impeachment is a result of corruption allegations and accusations surrounding the manipulation of the state budget – which is a criminal offence in Brazil. Rousseff, who has been on suspension from presidential activities since May, has sworn to appeal the decision. Her vice-president, Michel Temer, who has been serving as interim president since May, has been sworn in and will serve as the Brazilian president for the remainder of Rousseff’s second term (until the end of 2018).
Rousseff has been embroiled in one of the largest corruption scandals to date, having served as the Chairman of the state-sponsored Petrobras from 2013 to 2010. The investigation, known as Operation Car Wash, was given its popular pseudonym as it stemmed from an investigation into money laundering occurring throughout a number of petrol stations. Rousseff denies any knowledge of wrongdoing throughout her tenure on the board.