HAVANA TIMES — After a marathon session, the Brazilian Senate voted early Thursday to temporarily oust President Dilma Rousseff from office and start impeachment proceedings that could make her departure permanent.
Rousseff, who suffered a resounding 55-22 defeat after 20-hours of speeches, will be replaced today by Vice President Michel Temer, who had favored the president’s removal.
Amid a general crisis of mass corruption weighing across the board of Brazil’s political spectrum, Rousseff stands accused of malfeasance for tampering with accounts to hide a budget shortfall. She has not been accused of embezzling or taking pay offs.
The new interim president, Michel Temer, and his top advisors are already implicated in the mass corruption scandal involving the Brazilian State Petrobras oil company and several major construction companies, noted Democracy Now, adding that just last week Temer was ordered to pay a fine for violating campaign finance limits.
Brazil’s attorney general Jose Eduardo Cardozo defended Rousseff and called the Senate vote a “historic injustice.” He said:
“An honest and innocent woman is, right at this moment, being condemned. A judicial pretense is being used to oust a legitimately elected president over acts which have been practiced by all previous governments. A historic injustice is being committed; an innocent person is being condemned.”
Democracy Now reported that during the Senate debate, military police fired tear gas at thousands of protesters who had gathered outside Congress, the vast majority supporters of President Rousseff.