Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff “It’s a coup”
Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told her supporters “I’m the victim of a great injustice,” Rousseff tells supporters as
Senators voted 55 to 26 to begin impeachment trial
Dilma blamed for worst recession since the ’30s, future president will assume a government with a 250 to 600 billion Brazilian – Real debt ($72.5 -$174 billion)
Suspended for 6 months on half salary and benefits while the process unfolds
The Vice Presidents signs on becoming the interim President during the suspension, signalling the begining of the impeachment process
Rousseff retains her title as president by law, but she will not be fulfilling the duties of that office.
Old wine in new skin? Vice President Michel Terner who now becomes the president. He has been accused of plotting the ‘coup’ although he has been an integral part of the current policies
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff didn’t mince words as she began the fight of her political life Thursday.
“It’s a coup,” she told reporters, speaking out publicly for the first time since senators voted to begin an impeachment trial against her.
It took Brazil’s Senate about 20 hours of debate to reach a decisive result early Thursday: The country’s first female president must step aside while the trial gets underway.
It took Rousseff less than an hour to make two speeches slamming the vote: One to reporters inside the presidential palace, and one to crowds outside after she was kicked out.
“I’m the victim of a great injustice,” Rousseff told cheering supporters.
She delivered an impassioned speech from a podium set up outside — stopping several times to ask people around her to move so she could see the crowd.
She shook hands, kissed a baby and hugged people afterward.
“My government has been the objective of sabotage,” Rousseff said, decrying impeachment proceedings as a betrayal and an injustice.
“I have made mistakes, but I have not committed any crimes. I am being judged unjustly, because I have followed the law to the letter,” she said.
Suspended: Dilma Rousseff beside her mother vowing to fight back against impeachment efforts. “What’s at stake here is the future of our country.”
The suspended Brazilianpresident stood beside her mother as she told reporters she’d fight back against impeachment efforts. “What’s at stake here is the future of our country,” she said. She says she’ll keep fighting. Rousseff vowed to keep fighting efforts to impeach her, and called for her supporters to join her.
“To all Brazilians who are against the coup, I call on you to keep united and in peace,” she said. “The fight for democracy does not have an end date. It’s a permanent fight and it demands from us total dedication. … I will never give up fighting.”
The past few months have been a roller coaster for the embattled leader, who’s accused of breaking budget laws. And while there are some procedural steps we know are coming, given the country’s volatile political landscape, what will happen next is anyone’s guess.
This much is clear: Rousseff will be suspended for up to 180 days. That means she could be on the sidelines, fighting for her political future, when the Olympics come to Latin America’s largest country in August. Michel Temer is now Brazil’s interim president. As Rousseff spoke, her one-time vice president posted a photo on his official Twitter account of the moment when he took power.
Rousseff retains her title as president by law, but she will not be fulfilling the duties of that office, her flying privileges, half of her annual salary of $104,000 (U.S.) plus six staff members and two drivers.
But she will lose access to the presidential offices in the Planalto Palace neither will she be allowed to be part of any official host delegation during the impending Olympic games which Brazil will be hosting this summer.
The new Cabinet will have to notify the Brazilian air force on whether Rousseff keeps her flying privileges.
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff will still be paid at least half of her annual salary of $104,000 (U.S.)
Corruption allegations have been dogging Rousseff’s administration since 2011.
A sweeping investigation into a multimillion-dollar kickback scheme at the state-run oil company Petrobras embroiled dozens of the country’s leading businessmen and politicians. While she isn’t accused directly of profiting, Rousseff was the chairwoman of Petrobras during many of the years of the alleged corruption.
In December, a bid to impeach Rousseff was launched by the then, speaker of the lower house of Congress, Eduardo Cunha, who argued that the President was guilty of breaking budgetary laws by borrowing from state banks to cover a shortfall in the deficit and pay for social programs in the run-up to her 2014 re-election.
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