It's over

Brazil government impeaches Dilma Rousseff, nation’s 1st woman president

Dilma Rousseff gestures during her testimony in her impeachment trial at the National Congress in Brasilia on August 29, 2016. (EVARISTO SA/AFP/Getty Images)

Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s suspended president, was impeached on Wednesday, following a 61-20 vote by the country’s senate. Senators made their votes after an emotional overnight debate that went on for hours. Rousseff will be removed from office and replaced by Vice President Michel Temer. The impeachment comes two days after Rousseff staged an impassioned defense of her actions and insisted she was innocent of any wrongdoing in an lengthy speech before the senate. Lawmakers had charged that she breached fiscal rules in an attempt to cover up the nation’s budget woes. “I know I will be judged, but my conscience is clear. I did not commit a crime,” Rousseff, 68, told senators on Monday. “I can’t help but taste the bitterness of injustice.” Rousseff said the impeachment process, which has been going on for about a year, amounted to an illegal coup. Temer, 75, will finish out Rousseff’s term, which extends through 2018. The country has been mired in its worst recession in decades.

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