Brazilian Senate Opens President Rousseff’s Impeachment Trial

With 59 votes for and 21 against the impeachment of Rousseff starts its countdown (El Salvador)
With 59 votes to¬†21, Brazil’s Senate decided to indict¬†Rousseff on budgetary law¬†crimes. (El

Espa√ĪolWhile the world has its¬†sights on the Olympic Games in Rio, much of Brazil is paying attention to president Dilma Rousseff‘s impeachment trial in¬†the Senate.

Around 1:00 am on Wednesday, the senators voted 59 to 21 to charge Rousseff, whom they already suspend from her post in May, with violating budgetary laws.

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The¬†vote kickstarts¬†Rousseff’s¬†final trial, scheduled¬†for the end of August. A two-thirds majority (54 votes) is required¬†to strip her of her mandate as president, and the opposition claims they have more than enough¬†legislators on their side.

Should Rousseff be removed, the remainder of the mandate, which expires in 2019, would be completed by Vice President Michel Temer, who so far has replaced the suspended president.

Wednesday’s greenlighting of¬†Rousseff’s impeachment trial came as¬†no surprise¬†to Brazilians. Her opponents had been engaging in intense lobbying to¬†secure the necessary votes to oust her since stepped down from the post.

Independent senators were split during the vote, but still most voted against letting Rousseff continue as president. Of the 47 lawmakers who took the flor, 17 spoke in favor of Rousseff and 30 against.

Now all eyes are set on the Supreme Court, which is presiding over the impeachment proceedings in the Senate.¬†The country’s top judges¬†estimate that the entire impeachment trial will last from three to five days.

Senator A√©cio Neves, Rousseff’s former adversary in the 2014 elections, headed Wednesday’s extenuating¬†15-hour¬†session.

He spoke on behalf of the 10 senators who belong to the conservative Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB) in support of the impeachment trial.

Source: El País.

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