Brazil | Dilma Rousseff Impeached
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Dilma Rousseff Impeached
Following a long a contentious battle between the executive and the legislature, Dilma Rousseff was forced to resign her position as President. The Brazilian Senate successfully impeached Rousseff on grounds of violating fiscal regulations and limitations; Rousseff stood accused of moving money between budgets (in violation of Brazilian law) to plug deficits in popular social programs. Her aim, her opponents claimed, was to cover over shortages that would have ruined her popularity leading up to the election.
Rousseff did not deny having manipulated the budgets, however she claimed that she acted within the precedent set by the last few presidents of the country. In response she accused the opposition party, the PMDB led by former house speaker Eduardo Cunha, of trumping up the charges to enact a legal coup d'état. In the case of her impeachment, the PMDB would stand to make significant gains in government. Her vice president, Michel Temer, was a member of the PMDB.
Despite Rousseff's efforts, her once record-setting popularity plummeted toward single digits. Proceedings began in the lower house of Congress in April, and by August the Senate had completely removed her from office. Michel Temer was sworn in as president immediately after. Eduardo Cunha, whom Rousseff had claimed stood to gain the most from the ordeal, was accused and convicted on charges of corruption in July.