Rousseff suspended to face impeachment trial

WEB DESK: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was suspended Thursday to face impeachment, ceding power to her vice president-turned-enemy Michel Temer in a political earthquake ending 13 years of leftist rule over Latin America’s biggest nation.

Defiant to the end, Brazil’s first female president denounced a “coup” aimed at driving her from power, and urged her supporters to mobilise as she braces for an impeachment trial that is set to drag on for months.

“What is at stake is respect for the ballot box, the sovereign will of the Brazilian people and the constitution,” she said in what could be her final address from the presidential palace, dressed in white and flanked by her ministers – who will now lose their jobs as Temer brings in a business-friendly, reform-minded cabinet.

Rousseff then exited the building to shake hands and wave to the red-clad crowd gathered outside the modernist capital’s seat of power. Hours earlier, a nearly 22-hour debate in the Senate closed with an overwhelming 55-22 vote against Rousseff, as pro-impeachment senators burst into applause and posed for selfies and congratulatory group photos. – AFP