By Jude Titus
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff was on early Thursday suspended by the country’s Senate for allegedly interfering with the budget. Brazil’s Senate voted early Thursday in a 55-22 vote that automatically suspends her from office after 13 years of her rule.
It took Brazil’s Senate close to 20 hours of debate to reach the decision of ousting her. The suspended Rousseff is the country’s first female President and will step aside as her impeachment trial gets underway.
‘‘The tone of the Senate debate was markedly different from that of the lower house last month, where congressmen cheered and cried after casting their ballot. In the Senate there was only a smattering of applause after the results were announced. In the speeches throughout the night, many senators spoke about the economy and the legitimacy of the charges against Rousseff,’’ reported NPR’s Lulu Garcia Navarro.
The size of the vote to suspend her showed that the country’s opposition has the needed support to reach the two-thirds majority required to convict Rousseff and eject her from power.
‘‘It is a bitter step though necessary medicine. Having the Rousseff Government continue would be a bigger tragedy,’’ stated opposition Senator Jose Serra.
Dilma Rousseff after the suspension was immediately replaced by her Vice-President, Centrist Michel Temer, who took over as an interim President for the duration of a Senate trial that could live up to six months.
Fireworks occupied several cities across Brazil after the Senate’s decision and police had to scatter the rowdy crowds as some pro-Rousseff demonstrators vowed to cause mayhem.
Temer’s associates indicated that despite of a wounded economy that Brazil is experiencing, the new administration would announce a series of drastic measures to help reduce the massive budget deficit.
Suspended Rousseff could not keep her sentiments on hold as she began the battle of her political life on Thursday. She reiterated that the move to oust her from office was politically instigated and that she is a victim of great injustice.
‘‘I may have made mistakes but I did not commit any crime. This is a tragic hour for our country and the move is an effort by conservatives to roll back the social and economic gains made by the Workers Party,’’ indicated an agitated Rousseff to Journalists.
Dilma Rousseff is a Brazilian economist and politician who is the 36th President of Brazil and the first woman to hold office in the country. She was previously the Chief of Staff of former President Luiz Lula da Silva from 2005 to 2010.