BRASILIA, Brazil — Brazil’s Senate voted Wednesday to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office, finding her guilty of breaking budgetary laws.
Vice President Michel Temer, who’s been acting as interim president since Rousseff’s suspension, will assume the office of president and serve out the remainder of her term.
Senators found Rousseff guilty in a 61-20 vote in an impeachment trial Wednesday.
The 68-year-old Rousseff, Brazil’s first-ever female head of state and a former Marxist guerrilla, insisted earlier this week that she had committed no crime and said she was proud that she’d been “faithful to my commitment to the nation.”
In May, when Rousseff was initially suspended, she called the impeachment proceedings an attempt at a power grab by her rivals. She said her government has long been the target of political sabotage.
“When Brazil or when a president is impeached for a crime that they have not committed, the name we have for this in democracy — it’s not an impeachment, it is a coup,” she said after the Senate voted to launch the proceedings.
The heir-apparent to former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Rousseff was re-elected by a narrow margin in 2014. However, a recession and a cross-party corruption scandal put an end to any political goodwill she might have earned, eventually leading to her ouster and the protracted battle.