Temer takes over as Rousseff is impeached
The final stages of the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff were played out yesterday. A total of 61 of 81 Senators voted to impeach the former president in a process which started in December 2015.
Ms Rousseff will be replaced by the acting President, Michel Temer, for the remaining two years and four months of the term of the presidency. It will be the first time in 13 years that the left-wing Workers’ Party (PT) has not been in power.
In a separate vote the Senators decided not to remove Ms Rousseff’s political rights meaning that she could return to politics at any time. In her follow up speech she made it clear that she intended to fight the new government all the way. Ecuador, Bolivia and Venezuela criticised the impeachment and Venezuela has decided to freeze diplomatic relations with Brazil; Bolivia and Ecuador have recalled their Ambassadors.
Michel Temer was sworn in as the new President later yesterday afternoon and promised to “put Brazil back on track”. “I am aware of the size and weight of responsibility I carry on my shoulders and I say this because we have taken over as the country has plunged into a severe economic crisis. There are almost 12 million unemployed and more than R$ 170 billion deficit in the public accounts. My commitment is to rescue the strength of our economy and put Brazil back on track” said the president.