Michel Temer to take over as Brazil’s interim president for up to 180 days while the impeachment trial of President Dilma Rousseff proceeds. Brazilian senators attended a 20 hour session on Wednesday before finally voting 55-22 to suspend Rousseff for budgetary violations.
The calls for impeachment grew out of the Petrobras corruption scandal that involved more than 150 members of the Brazilian parliament, including Rousseff. According to a recent report, 60% of the 80 senators who voted for impeachment on Wednesday currently have pending legal cases against them.
Another report suggests that a third of Brazil’s senators are violating Brazil’s Fiscal Responsibility Law, the same law that is currently being used to justify the impeachment of the president.
In his inaugural speech Temer promised to revive Brazil’s faltering economy and form a government of “national salvation”. His new cabinet has been instructed to enact more business-friendly policies in an effort to lift the 9th largest economy on earth from its worst recession since the great depression.
Like much of the Brazilian government, this new regime isn’t without its own charges of corruption. Temer is currently facing his own calls for impeachment and isn’t allowed to stand for office for 8 years because of election violations. At least 6 other members of his cabinet are also facing charges of some sort.
In a speech given after the senate ruling, Rousseff said: “I may have committed mistakes but I never committed crimes”, vowing to fight the charges against her, though it is likely the impeachment will prove successful.