Yesterday, Dilma Rousseff ceased to be the President of Brazil. the embattled Brazilian president was impeached yesterday and her deputy, Michel Temer was immediately sworn in as the new President.
On the 12th of May, 2016, Brazil officially suspended President Dilma Rousseff over allegations of manipulating the budget in order to hide a growing public deficit ahead of her re-election in 2014.
The ousted president defiantly vowed to fight for justice; insisting that she was “a victim of injustice”. She maintained that the suspension and impeachment penalty was a guise to unseat her.
Dilma Rousseff said:
“When an elected president is suspended because of a crime she hasn’t committed, the name we give is not impeachment but a coup. I may have made mistakes but I did not commit any crime. The coup d’etat threatens to undo true victories of (the) last decade.”
In her place as the interim president is Vice president Michel Temer as she awaited trial. During that brief period, Michel Temer was criticized for appointing an all male-cabinet.
A majority of the Senate House voted for her suspension. In the same way 61 senators voted for her impeachment against 20 who voted in her favor.
By a vote of 42 to 36 in a separate vote, Rousseff survived the vote not to be barred from public office for eight years.
Rousseff is Brazil’s first ever female president. Her impeachment will break the stretch of 13 years of Workers’ Party’s rule in Brazil.
Michel Temer was sworn in by the congress yesterday night. In his address as president, he promised to work hard to tackle the country’s political instability as well as improve the economy which is currently in recession.
Michel Temer will complete what is left of Rousseff’s tenure which is due to end on 1 January 2019.
Rousseff says she still intends to appeal the impeachment. In a defiant and impassioned address, she said this:
“They think they’ve defeated us, but they’re wrong…I know we will all fight. Right now, I will not say goodbye to you. I am certain I can say, ‘See you soon’.”