After an insane session, with 367 votes, Brazil’s Congress has voted to impeach their president, Dilma Rousseff. 342 votes were needed in order for the impeachment to occur, and when vote 342 was casted, the chamber had a massive outburst of happiness. Once the Senate agrees to go with the impeachment process, Rousseff will be forced to step down for 180 days. The Workers party, which has ruled Brazil since 2002, will be replaced by Vice President Michel Temer.
Recently, only ten percent of the public believe Rousseff was doing a good job. Sixty percent supported her removal. A lot of the heat comes from Brazil hosting the Olympic Games in 2016, and the fact that Rousseff promised Brazil that, by this time, they would have cleaned up eighty percent of Brazil’s pollution. As of now, only thirty percent has actually been worked on. It will cost Brazil billions of dollars and a long future of financing to host the games while Brazil’s environment and economy is already not doing well. The citizens are extremely aggravated, and this has been a variable in Rousseff’s impeachment. The people are focused on improving housing infrastructures because most of Brazil’s available housing is crammed favelas, low income towns with poorly-made houses stacked on top each other and crammed in small villages primarily around Rio de Janeiro. The construction of the Olympic stadium will ruin favelas, so while they desperately need construction done to housing, Brazil’s government is destroying housing and spending an exorbitant amount of money to do it. Rousseff has accused the situation of being a coup with no proof of crimes being committed.
There have been several anti-government rallies that have been celebrating the overwhelming vote to impeach; few are disappointed in what they deem an unprecedented overthrow.