Brazilian Congress Votes To Impeach President Dilma Rousseff Amid Budget Manipulating Scandal

Brazil's lower house of Congress voted late Sunday to impeach President Dilma Rousseff (pictured), delivering a major blow to a long-embattled leader who repeatedly argued that the push against her was a 'coup'
Brazil's lower house of Congress voted late Sunday [Apr 17] to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. The decision delivered a major blow to a long-embattled leader who repeatedly argued that the push against her was a 'coup'.

As thousands of pro and anti-impeachment protesters demonstrated outside Congress, the opposition surpassed the two-thirds majority needed to send Rousseff to trial in the Senate on charges of manipulating budget accounts.

Rousseff is accused of using accounting tricks in managing the federal budget to maintain spending and shore up support. She has said previous presidents used similar maneuvers and stressed that she has not been charged with any crimes or implicated in any corruption scandals.

If the Senate now votes by a simple majority to proceed with the impeachment as expected in early May, Rousseff would be suspended from her post and be replaced by Vice President Michel Temer as acting president pending her trial.  Temer would serve out Rousseff's term until 2018 if she is found guilty.

The floor of the lower house was a sea of Brazilian flags and pumping fists as dozens of lawmakers carried the deputy who cast the decisive 342nd vote in their arms. 

In Brazil's largest cities of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, fireworks lit up the night sky and cars honked their horns in celebration after the vote.

As thousands of pro and anti-impeachment protesters demonstrated outside Congress, the opposition comfortably surpassed the two-thirds majority needed to send Rousseff for trial in the Senate on charges of manipulating budget accounts
Demonstrators wearing costumes of Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, left, and Rousseff march inside mock jail cells, during a protest demanding Rousseff's impeachment in Sao Paulo
Anti-government demonstrators cheer as they watch on a large screen, as lawmakers vote on whether or not to impeach Rousseff in Sao Paulo, Brazil




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