CNN reports that Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been suspended from post and must step aside immediately following a vote in the upper house to move forward with impeachment proceedings stemming from allegations that she broke budget laws.
Fifty-five of the 81 members of the upper house voted in favour of the motion early today, with 22 voting against.
Speaking through the night, 71 of the chamber’s members made their cases ahead of the electronic vote, which took hours and ended, ultimately, in Rousseff’s temporary removal from office.
The country’s first female president will now face an impeachment trial and for the duration of that process up to 180 days will be suspended from office.
Vice President Michel Temer will assume the presidency for the time that Rousseff is obliged to step aside.
The past few months have been a roller coaster for the embattled leader, who has been at the centre of a fight for her impeachment, including procedural and legal appeals to annul the vote in the legislature.
The Senate and its committees will continue to work normally during this period.