The Brazilian Senate on Wednesday voted 61-20 to remove President Dilma Rousseff from power permanently. The margin to remove Rousseff was lopsided, with only 54 votes needed to convict her of crimes against budgetary laws. Acting President Michel Temer will now assume full presidential powers until the end of the present term in 2018. Rousseff was elected in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. Her administration was plagued by a spreading corruption scandal involving bribery, influence-peddling and money laundering. In the last two years, she witnessed a disastrous decline in the economy as Brazil plunged into its worst post-war recession. Temer has promised reforms aimed at reducing government deficits, stemming inflation and reviving the economy. He has also promised renewed efforts against corruption and government inefficiency. Temer, 74, has said he will not seek a full four-year term in elections scheduled for 2018.
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