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Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's President, Impeached by Senate Vote

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Brazil's Dilma Rousseff speaks at the Alvorada presidential palace in Brasilia after she was stripped of the country's presidency in a Senate impeachment vote on August 31, 2016. (Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images)

By    |   Thursday, 01 Sep 2016 10:43 AM

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff was impeached by a 61-to-20 Senate vote on Wednesday, ending a yearlong political battle.

Protests of the decision turned violent, with some people smashing windows in Brazil while anti-riot police used stun grenades and tear gas to try to control the demonstrators, The Associated Press reported. Others celebrated the decision with cake and sparkling wine.

Brazil's new leader Michel Temer, the former vice president, addressed the nation in a televised speech, saying, "I am aware of the size and weight of all the responsibility that falls on my shoulders. My commitment is to make our economy strong again and put Brazil back on track."

He promised reforms to government spending, pensions, and labor.

Rousseff, Brazil's first female president, was convicted of manipulating the federal budget to conceal economic troubles, The New York Times reported. She was suspended in May.

Her time in office was marred by "sweeping corruption scandals, the worst economic crisis in decades and the government’s tone-deaf responses to the souring national mood," the Times said. Her critics complained that she lacked charisma, competence, and humility.

The impeachment ends 13 years of rule by the country's leftist Workers’ party, The Guardian noted.

"They think they’ve defeated us, but they’re wrong," Rousseff said, according to The Guardian. "I know we will all fight."

The former Marxist guerrilla said she will appeal the impeachment.

"Right now, I will not say goodbye to you. I am certain I can say, 'See you soon,'" she said.

 

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