The Brazilian Senate decided yesterday to go ahead with Brazil’s president impeachment trial. Dilma Rousseff, who has been temporally out of power since last May, when the majority of federal congress voted for her impeachment, might be ousted permanently by the end of the month as the process approaches its last stage.
Accused for breaking budget laws, Rousseff suffered a major defeat, when 59 senators accepted the charges against her. On the other hand, only 21 senators voted against to put her on trial. According to surveys carried out among the senators, it is very likely she will be removed from office and Michel Temer, the current interim president, will become Brazil’s permanent president.
Meanwhile, her allies on the Workers Party claim that many of her opponents are implicated in much more serious corruption cases. By the way, this is the first time in the Brazilian history a politician occupying an executive role is punished for accounting tricks, something which has been largely done by state governors, mayors, and previous presidents.