Bad news for the President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff. The Senate has voted in favor of the impeachment of the 69 year-old leader, who is accused of having manipulated the state budget in order to be re-elected in the 2014 campaign. Out of the 21 committee members, 14 voted in favor and only 5 senators have spoken against the dismissal procedure; 2 senators have abstained. The vote, which took place yesterday in Brasilia, on the eve of the opening of the Rio Games, is not binding. Yet, it is a sign of how the vote in plenary will go. The final decision is expected by August.
“The president will be dismissed because of the serious crimes she has committed,” said opposition Senator Cassio Lima. “This – he said – is one of the biggest scams in the history of our country.” Lula’s “dauphin” argued, in her defense, that these operations were customary during the previous governments and are not a valid reason for an “imputation.” According to the president, her political opponents, starting with Michel Temer – former vice president under Rousseff and current interim president – have realized a “coup in disguise”. Temer, if the impeachment were to go through, would become fully-fledged president of Brazil until the 2018 elections.