President Dilma Rousseff impeached by Brazil’s lower house of Congress

Monday April 18th, 2016

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Just four months before the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian legislators have voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff.

The Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of congress, secured well over the required two-thirds majority around 10:10 p.m. ET on Sunday. The Senate will now vote on whether to hold a trial on charges of covering up budget gaps with money from public banks.

The decision was met by a wild celebration on the floor of parliament.

Rousseff, 68, was elected in 2010 as the nation’s first female president, succeeding Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Her approval rating had been plummeting, and the country is mired in an economic slump.

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