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Dilma Rousseff Brazil's first female President impeached by Senate

She was convicted on charges of "tax pedaling" in the Harvest Plan and the decrees that led to spending without congressional authorization.

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(Huffington Post)

The Brazilian Senate has impeached Dilma Rousseff, the country's first female President.

Rouseff's impeachment was finalised on Wednesday, August 31, with 61 votes in favor and 20 against.

She was convicted on charges of "tax pedaling" in the Harvest Plan and for allocating funds for government social programmes and issuing spending budget decree. The opposition claimed that these constituted a “crime of responsibility.”

In the course of fight efforts to impeach her - which has lasted for over 10 months, the now former president had denied the allegations, which, according to reports, were never levelled against previous administrations who did the same thing. She said the charges have been trumped up by opponents who were unable to accept the Workers’ party’s victory.

Rousseff will be replaced for the remaining two years and three months of her term by Michel Temer, a centre-right patrician who was said to be among the leaders of the conspiracy against his former running mate.

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Over the period of the scandal, Rousseff, who first won power in 2010, has seen her support among the public and in congress diminish as a result of a sharp economic decline, government paralysis and a massive bribery scandal that has implicated almost all the major parties.

According to the country's laws, she must vacate the Alvorada Palace, the official residence of the Presidency, in Brasilia, within 30 days and will be reduced to eight servers on her team of aides, security guards and drivers.

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