Brazil's Rousseff Is Out And Her Replacement Is In

Brazil, government, politics

The Senate impeached Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's first female president.

The Short of It: The Brazilian Senate said "see ya" to their first female president, Dilma Rousseff. The Senate voted 61 to 20 to convict Ms. Rousseff on charges of manipulating the federal budget.

The Longer Version of It: Rousseff was removed from office as the end to a power struggle that lasted for months now. She has slowly been losing support ever since the economy hit "recession" status. It all came to a tipping point when Rousseff was caught using a shady account to cover up Brazil's budget woes.

This, along with national corruptions scandals, and the lack of responses and communication to these problems, has caused Rousseff to get a bad rep in the gov. "She lacked it all," said Mentor Muniz Neto, a writer from São Paulo, "We deserved better."

According to critics of Rousseff, this impeachment was fitting for the claimed "arrogant leader" and a critical move for a struggling economy. Supporters of Rousseff are calling "BS" and calling her ouster a coup that undermines the democracy.

Michel Temer, 75, is expected to take over as the interim prez for the time being. He will stay until the end of Rousseff's original term in 2018.

The Takeaway: Rouseff's end also puts an end to the Brazilian leftist Workers' Party, a party that lifted middle-class family and raised them in a booming economy. The impeachment means a lot of radical changes for Brazil, and it transfers power to Brazilian Democratic Movement Party. The biggest lesson learned for the new Brazilian prez-- communication to your country is key. And so is not opening a secret account to cover up your government's failing economy. Yikes.