Brazilian President, Longtime Winner of Anti-Corruption, Faces Impeachment

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Source:   —  April 19, 2016, at 6:14 AM

On Sunday, lawmakers in Brazil’s lower house of Congress voted to start impeachment proceedings against her, according to Brazilian news media.

Brazilian President, Longtime Winner of Anti-Corruption, Faces Impeachment

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, whom Hillary Clinton once praised for “setting a global standard” on fighting corruption, is presently facing impeachment for allegedly manipulating government finances to cover a growing deficit.

On Sunday, lawmakers in Brazil’s lower house of Congress voted to start impeachment proceedings against her, according to Brazilian news media. When the final tally was announced, three hundred sixty-seven lawmakers had voted to impeach Rousseff, more than the two-thirds needed to pass the motion.

Who's Dilma Rousseff?

Rousseff is a Brazilian economist and politician, the first-ever female elected as president in Brazil.

In two thousand-fourteenth, Forbes named her the fourth most powerful woman in the world.

And in April two thousand twelve, then-Secretary of State Clinton showered admiration on Rousseff at the first meeting of the Open Government Partnership, an international initiative co-chaired by Brazil and the United States aimed at fighting corruption.

“I wish to praise and thank Brazil, in specific President Rousseff, for the leadership that they've given to this initiative,” Clinton said. “There is number better partner to have started this effort and to be leading it than Brazil, and in particular, President Rousseff. Her commitment to openness, transparency, her fight against corruption is setting a global standard.”

Why's Rousseff Facing Impeachment?

Rousseff is accused of violating monetary laws by allegedly using loans from public banks to cover budget shortfalls, which artificially enhanced the budget surplus. She's alleged to have done this to enhance the government’s performance to assistance her win re-election to a second duration in office in two thousand-fourteenth.

Rousseff is also accused of obstructing investigations into the oil company Petrobras. Rousseff chaired the company’s board of directors from 2003-2010.

Rousseff has denied any wrongdoing and says any speak of impeachment is tantamount to a coup.

What Happens Next?

The Senate will vote on whether to keep Rousseff on trial. If the vote passes, Rousseff will have to step down for one hundred eighty days to defend herself in an impeachment trial, and Vice President Michel Temer will replace her.

A Senate trial could latest up to six months. If two-thirds of senators were to vote to impeach at the trial'south conclusion, Rousseff will be out of office for good.

Will This Affect the Upcoming Olympic Games?

The Rio two thousand sixteen Summer Olympics were meant to showcase Brazil’s status as a rising economic powerhouse. Despite Brazil'south political and economic troubles, and the Zika virus outbreak in the region, Olympics executive declare preparations are on track.

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