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    Brazil’s First Female President, Dilma Rousseff Impeached

    The Brazilian Senate, today, Wednesday, August 31, 2016, impeached its first female President, Dilma Rousseff.

    The Senate voted 61 to 20 to convict Rousseff on charges of manipulating the federal budget in an effort to conceal the nation’s mounting economic problems.

    Meanwhile, the final removal of Rousseff who was suspended in May due to corruption, means her Vice-President Michel Temer will take over as President.

    Speaking after Rousseff was impeached, a Workers’ Party senator from Piauí in northeast Brazil, Regina Sousa berated the former President, saying, “You veered from the narrative when you were elected president of the republic as a woman, from the left, a former militant against the dictatorship, without a husband to pose by your side in the photographs.

    “You never fit in the cute little dress designed by the conservative elite of this country,” Ms. Sousa added.

    Also reacting to Rousseff’s removal, her lawyer, José Eduardo Cardozo, said he was stunned that her opponents had dragged Rousseff’s family into the acerbic debate, pointing out that Rousseff was never accused of embezzling public funds to benefit her family.

    In his words, “If you want to condemn her, go ahead, but don’t mock the honor of a dignified woman,” said Mr. Cardozo, also crying as he spoke.

    Meanwhile, Mr. Temer who is expected to replace Rousseff, was recently found guilty of violating campaign finance limits, a conviction that could make him ineligible to run for office for eight years. Beyond that, a construction executive has testified that Mr. Temer was the beneficiary of a $300,000 bribe, an assertion Mr. Temer disputes.
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