On Thursday, the Brazil Senate voted to suspend Dilma Rousseff the President of Brazil and to start a trial of impeachment against her, ousting a leader who is highly unpopular and whose sagging fortunes politically have become to embody the widespread public discord over the systemic corruption and a battered overall economy.
The vote to suspend by Senate lawmakers was 55 in favor and 22 against. The vote accepted charges against Rousseff that accuse her of borrowing from banks operated by the state to conceal the deficit and sleight of hand that her critics said achieved the goal of securing reelection for her in 2014.
A Green Party senator Alvaro Dias said the senate could not ignore the crimes any longer and that was why the vote for suspension was approved.
The country has been assaulted by wrongdoing and incompetence and Brazilians want punishment, added Dias.
During the upcoming impeachment trial for Rousseff, which could take up to six months to complete, Rousseff is to be replaced by her onetime ally Michel Temer the Vice President, who was convicted of violation of finance limits for campaigning. He will be under great pressure to stem the worst economic crisis in Brazil for decades.
Rousseff has called the effort to impeach her as being a coup. She is the first woman in Brazil to be elected president and repeatedly has rejected calls for her resignation, vowing to fight on to remain at the head of the largest country in Latin America.
However, due to the margin of opposition she faced on Thursday, political analysts believe she stood very little chance of winning her trial and completing her remaining 30 months of her last term as president.
One analyst said that due to the huge amount of polarization now in Brazil, if Rousseff continues to fight on to the end, it will prolong the country’s agony. He added that the best thing the president could for the country would be step aside.
Months of secret maneuvering, ugly invective and appeals in court have divided Brazil, which is already being hit due to government paralysis, inflation and a massive corruption scandal that has revealed the depths of the profoundly troubled Brazilian political system.
The gains Brazil has achieved the past two decades helping it become more prominent on the world’s stage, are now all coming undone, as millions of the working class in the country are sinking quickly into poverty as Brazil endures a second consecutive year of recession.