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Brazilian President suspended from office after historic impeachment

Dilma Rousseff was reportedly asked to step down

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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – The Brazilian Senate has reportedly voted in favour of the historic impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.> Big News Network

According to reports, the 20-hour long debate on the impeachment began on May 11 and ended on May 12 with 55 Upper House votes for the impeachment, and 22 against.

Following the vote, Dilma Rousseff was reportedly asked to step down immediately, and is now officially suspended from office for 180 days.

Further, Rousseff is expected to deliver a televised speech on May 12, after which she will return to her official residence. 

Vice-President Michel Temer will reportedly take over as acting president. 

The morning of May 12 reportedly saw Senate President Renan Calheiros requesting senators to keep their speeches brief, as per impeachment rules, when many failed to do so, prompting Rousseff’s supporters to claim that Calheiros was trying to inhibit their freedom of speech.

Reports state that Brazilians crowded in bars and offices early on in the day on May 12 to watch the second round of the tedious debates that saw a few senators making use of their literal 15 minutes of fame to either unleash a tirade of comments, or back Dilma Rousseff to the hilt.

Further, many agitators gathered on the lawns outside the Senate, and minor scuffles reportedly broke out between Rousseff supporters and police officials, resulting in some agitators falling ill due to the police’s use of pepper spray.

Reports further added that, while the impeachment debate droned on, some of Dilma Rousseff’s personal belongings were moved from the President’s official workplace, Palacio do Planalto to the official residence, Palacio de la Alvorada.

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