Brazil's Senate ousted President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday, ending an impeachment process that polarized Latin America's biggest country. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
Brazil's Senate removed leftist President Dilma Rousseff from office Wednesday ending an impeachment process that polarized Latin America's biggest country amid a massive corruption scandal and brutal economic crisis. Senators voted 61-20 to convict the country's first female president for illegally using money from state banks to bankroll public spending, marking the end of 13 years of leftist Workers Party rule. Rousseff is not going gently. (SOUNDBITE)(Portuguese) FORMER BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT, DILMA ROUSSEFF, SAYING: "They've just overthrown the first woman elected president of Brazil without there being any constitutional justification for this impeachment. But the coup was not just carried out against me and my party or the allied parties who support me today. This was just the beginning. The coup is going to strike, without distinction, every progressive and democratic political organization." Michel Temer, has now been sworn in by congress to serve the remainder of the presidential term through 2018. It will be no easy term. He is expected to face tough opposition from the Workers Party, both as he tries to advance a privatization agenda, and reform Brazil's generous pension and welfare laws.