Brazil’s first female president, Dilma Rouseff, has been removed from office after 61 senates out of 81 voted in favour of her dismissal.
Rouseff, a former Marxist Guerilla, has been found guilty of breaking fiscal rules to hide a growing deficit. She is succeeded by former vice-president Michel Temer, who has been serving as interim president since Dilma Rouseff’s impeachment trial began in May this year.
Temer assumed office as Brazil’s new president on Wednesday promising to tackle issues related to unemployment and to revive the country’s economy.
According to CNN report, Temer said, “I am not saying it is an easy task, since we have almost 12 million people unemployed in this country.” He continued, “It’s a scary number, and there is nothing less dignified than unemployment.”
However, there was some respite for the 68-year-old Dilma Rouseff, as she won a separate voting that had sought to ban her from public office for eight years. She pledged to appeal against the verdict, and said, “I will not say goodbye to you. I am certain I can say: ‘See you soon.'”
Earlier this week, during the impeachment trial, Rouseff had maintained her innocence saying, “I did not commit the crimes that I am arbitrarily and unjustly accused of.”
Rather, she blamed the opposition for planning a coup on the government, “We are one step away from a real coup d’etat.”