BRASILIA — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been suspended from office to six months on Thursday to confront an impeachment trial in the Senate on charges that she broke budget accounting rules.
The nation’s Senate voted to impeach Ms Rousseff by 55 votes to 22 after a marathon debate.
Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president, will need to step aside while she is tried in the upper house for allegedly manipulating government accounts ahead of the previous election.
A final decision, which is likely in September or October, will require a two-thirds majority. Ominously for the president, this margin was exceeded in Thursday’s vote.
Vice President Michel Temer will become acting president during her trial, which could take months, with a two-thirds majority vote eventually needed to force Ms Rousseff from office altogether.
Ms Rousseff denounced the impeachment drive as a coup attempt, saying Mr Temer conspired against her to return the country to the right.
Senate President Renan Calheiros, who oversaw the proceedings, told reporters that impeachment would be ‘traumatic’.
Opposition senators accused Ms Rousseff for running into the ground an economy now considered the worst performing among major developing nations, pursuing what they called populist policies that led to high inflation, recession and unemployment.
She was not accused of personal corruption, but was standing charged with manipulating government accounts to disguise the size of Brazil’s fiscal deficit to allow her to boost public spending during her 2014 re-election campaign.
The political crisis has deepened Brazil’s recession and comes at a time when Brazil hoped to be shining on the world stage as it prepares to host the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.
The multiple crises have left the country divided between those blaming the suspended President and those loyal to the Workers’ Party, whose transformative social programs have lifted tens of millions of people from poverty.
Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded
BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.
The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.
Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.
Transportation has also been halted.
Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.
Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.
The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.
Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.
Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.Follow @gorkhapost