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Brazil Senate puts Rousseff on trial

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 01:18

With a vote of 55-22, Brazil's Senate puts President Dilma Rousseff on trial for disguising the size of the government's budget deficit in the lead-up to her re-election. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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There was jubilation outside Brazil's Senate, after the vote to put leftist President Dilma Rousseff on trial for breaking budget laws. Following a marathon session, the 55-22 vote suspended Brazil's first woman president and ended more than 13 years of rule by the left-wing Workers Party. But Rousseff has consistently denied any wrongdoing and called her impeachment a "coup". Attorney General, Jose Eduardo Cardozo, says the move is an historic injustice. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) ATTORNEY GENERAL, JOSE EDUARDO CARDOZO, SAYING (BEFORE THE VOTE): "An honest and innocent woman is, right at this moment, being condemned." Some Brazilians say they worry the end of the Workers Party could push millions of people back into poverty. But others say that months of anti-corruption protests have brought about positive change. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) CIVIL SERVANT, MARCELO PINTO, SAYING: "It is so exciting, all our effort was worth it. There was a lot of suffering, I suffered so much I nearly died, but I am here fighting for my virtue and for my children. I am so happy." Vice President Michel Temer will now take the helm... wth the Olympic Games just months away, and Brazil struggling amid political and economic uncertainty that deepens by the day.

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Brazil Senate puts Rousseff on trial

Thursday, May 12, 2016 - 01:18