Dilma Rousseff Brazil's Senate vote to suspend President on trial

When officially notified later on Thursday morning, Brazil's first woman president will be suspended, ending 13 years of rule by the leftist Workers Party, and Vice President Michel Temer will become acting president during her trial.

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Brazil's Senate votes to put Rousseff on trial

(Reuters)
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The Brazilian Senate voted on Thursday in favour of putting President Dilma Rousseff on trial for breaking budget laws by 55 votes to 22.

When officially notified later on Thursday morning, Brazil's first woman president will be suspended, ending 13 years of rule by the leftist Workers Party, and Vice President Michel Temer will become acting president during her trial.

In a marathon session of speeches, 41 of the 81 senators had indicated by the early hours of Thursday morning that they would vote to put Rousseff on trial, a move that would suspend Brazil's first woman president. The trial could last for up to six months.

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