AS EXPECTED, DILMA ROUSSEFF HAS BEEN IMPEACHED. The Brazilian Senate voted 61-20 in favor of permanently removing president Dilma Rousseff from office for breaking the country’s budget laws.
The news just broke on Brazilian media.
I’ll add English language links as they come up.
Simón Romero in the NYT.
Brazil’s Senate voted 61-20 to convict Ms. Rousseff on charges that she used illegal bookkeeping maneuvers to hide a growing budget deficit, deemed an impeachable crime in a nation with a history of hyperinflation and fiscal mismanagement. Two-thirds of Brazil’s 81 senators, or 54 votes, were needed to remove Ms. Rousseff from power.
She also faces a vote on whether she should be banned from public office for eight years.
Lawmakers voted after a five-day hearing in which half a dozen witnesses and more than 60 senators spoke, finishing at around 3.30am this morning.
Ricardo Lewandowski, president of the Supreme Court, was to ask senators to answer by electronic panel the question: “Did the accused, the President of the Republic, Dilma Vana Rousseff, commit the crimes of responsibility corresponding to borrowing from a financial institution controlled by the Union and the opening credits without authorisation from Congress, of which she is accused and should be condemned to the loss of her office, being therefore disqualified from the exercise of any public office for a period eight years?”
However he later agreed to a request to hold two separate votes on the impeachment and the ban.
According to Reuters, senators voted 42-36 to allow Rousseff to retain the right to hold public office.