Brazil’s Senate voted to impeach embattled President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday, the latest turn in a political saga that has gripped the country and left the government sputtering in a months-long crisis. Rousseff, who took office in January 2011 and has been suspended since May, was stripped of her power by a 61-20 vote.
Vice President Michel Temer was sworn in Wednesday afternoon as the new president for the remainder of her term through 2018. Rousseff, 68, has been accused of breaking fiscal laws and mishandling the country’s budget. Her opponents say that only exacerbated the recession in Latin America’s largest nation, leading to 10 percent inflation and a growing tide of job layoffs. READ MORE