27-11-2021 07:08 AM Jerusalem Timing

Brazil’s Rousseff Suspended by Senate

Brazil’s Rousseff Suspended by Senate

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was suspended Thursday from office to face an impeachment trial in the Senate on charges that she broke budget accounting rules

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was suspended Thursday from office to face an impeachment trial in the Senate on charges that she broke budget accounting rules.

RousseffThe Senate voted 55 to 22 in favor of opening a trial. Her vice president, Michel Temer, will now take power.

Rousseff is accused of illegally manipulating finances to hide a growing public deficit ahead of her re-election in 2014, which she denies.

The trial may last up to 180 days, which would mean Rousseff would be suspended during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which start on 5 August.

Rousseff made a last-ditch appeal to the Supreme Court to stop proceedings, but the move was rejected.