Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s President Sacked

Chidi Samuel

Mr Michel Temer was Wednesday sworn in as the new President of Brazil after Dilma Rousseff the former President was removed from office  by a margin of 61-20  by Brazil’s Senate. The country’s first female President was sacked by the upper house for breaking budgetary laws. Mr Michel Temer, has run the country since the suspension of Dilma Rousseff in May.

The impeachment saga has polarized the country and paralyzed its politics for nine months.

Brazil’s first female president has denied any wrongdoing and said the impeachment process was aimed at protecting the interests of the country’s economic elite and rolling back social programs that lifted millions of Brazilians from poverty during the last decade.

Her opponents, however, have hailed the chance to turn the page on a drawn-out political crisis, the country’s worst recession in generations and a sweeping corruption scandal at state oil company Petrobras.

Temer has vowed to boost an economy that has shrunk for six consecutive quarters and implement austerity measures to plug a record budget deficit, which cost Brazil its investment-grade credit rating last year.

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The impeachment and subsequent removal from office of Ms Rousseff  brings to an end  the 13 years in power of her left-wing Workers’ Party.