Brazil’s Rousseff ousted by Senate, Temer sworn in
Brazil’s Senate ousted President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday, ending an impeachment processthat polarized Latin America’s biggest country amid a massive corruption scandal and brutal economic crisis.
Senators voted 61–20 to convict the country’s first female president for illegally using money from state banks to bankroll public spending, marking the end of 13 years of leftist Workers Party rule.
Rousseff’s opponents hailed the removal of the former leftist guerrilla as paving the way for a change of fortunes for Brazil. But her conservative successor, Michel Temer, the former vice president who has run Brazil since her suspension in May, inherits a bitterly divided nation with voters in no mood for the austerity measures needed to heal public finances. (agences)