Brazilian President Rousseff Stripped Of Office

BRASILIA – Brazil’s Senate removed leftist President Dilma Rousseff from office on Wednesday for breaking budgetary laws, in an impeachment process that has polarised the Latin American country and paralysed its politics for nine months.

Senators voted 61-20 to convict Rousseff for illegally using money from state banks to boost public spending.

Her conservative former vice-president, Michel Temer, who has run the country since her suspension in May, will be sworn in to serve out the remainder of her term through to 2018.

A separate vote will be held on whether Rousseff will be barred from public office for eight years.