Brazil’s lower house of Congress voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff.
Reason for impeachment:
Rousseff has been accused of improperly using money from state banks to cover budget shortfalls, but protestors calling for her removal have also focused their anger on the Petrobras scheme, in which construction firms diverted billions from the state oil company to politicians in Rousseff’s coalition and allegedly to her presidential campaigns as well.
President Dilma Rousseff says her impeachment is a “coup” by Brazil’s elites and her political opponents.
What happens next in Brazil:
The upper house must decide whether to accept the impeachment motion within ten sessions. If a simple majority (41 of the 81 Senators) approves, Rousseff must step aside for 180 days while the charges against her are investigated in committee.
During this time, she remains in the presidential residence, but her vice president Michel Temer assumes power on an interim basis.
If two-thirds majority in senate approve impeachment (after investigation), then she will be ejected from office and Temer will be president until the next election in 2018.