[JURIST] Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff [Reuters profile] was removed from office [press release, in Portuguese] on Wednesday following a 61-81 Senate [official website, in Portuguese] vote in favor of impeachment. The impeachment trial lasted five days, including an overnight debate. While Rousseff was impeached, the Senate decided to allow her to run for public office in the future. Shortly after the decision, Rousseff took to Twitter [official profile, in Portuguese], proclaiming her innocence and describing the impeachment as a “coup,” saying that it was racist, misogynist and homophobic.
During her suspension, Rousseff made an re-impeachment-vote.php”>impassioned speech [JURIST report] on Tuesday, in which she claimed she was innocent of the accusations against her and that the evidence against her is only a pretext to overthrow a legitimate government. Brazil’s political establishment has been in turmoil as many powerful politicians have been brought to the center of embarrassing corruption investigation and trials. Earlier this month the Senate of Brazil officially indicted [JURIST report] Rousseff, marking the beginning of an impeachment trial against the embattled president. Rousseff’s opposition claimed [JURIST report] that she doctored documents to hide the size of the national deficit in order to spend more government funds as her re-election neared. It is also believed she continued to forge documents in her second term and spent over USD $210 million without the legislature’s approval.