Brazil's Senate vote 55-22 to impeach President Rousseff
By: Kes Paris, Xiro Xone News May 12, 2016 Updated: 6:55 AM
Brazil's Senate on Thursday voted in favor of an impeachment trial for President Dilma Rousseff, a move that suspends her from office and sends the country deeper into political and economic disarray less than three months before the Rio Olympics.
The vote passed 55-22 after more than 20 hours of debate by senators.
Rousseff does not personally face corruption charges, but is accused of breaking budget accounting rules ahead of her 2014 re-election campaign.
Franciso Dominguez of Middlesex University said these financial maneuvering have been practiced by many governments in the past.
"Many of the parties that actually voted for impeachment now, supported and approved these financial maneuverings by previous administrations, including president Fernando Cardoso and Rousseff's predecessor Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva," he said.
Vice President Michel Temer, a member of the centrist Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, now takes over until a trial later this year renders a verdict.
Rousseff has denied any wrongdoing and made a last-ditch appeal to the Supreme Court to stop the proceedings, but the move was rejected.