Updated on August 31 at 3:58 p.m.
NEWS BRIEF Brazilian senators voted Wednesday to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, removing her from power halfway through her second term.
The Senate voted 61 to 20 to impeach Rousseff, who was elected in 2010 as the country’s first female president. Hours later, Michel Temer, the vice president and member of the centrist Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, was sworn in. Temer had served as interim president since legislators voted in May to begin an impeachment trial against Rousseff. He is expected to finish her term, which ends in 2018.
Rousseff has not been charged with any criminal offense, but she is accused of fudging the federal budget to hide the extent of Brazil’s financial troubles while campaigning for her second term in 2014. But many of her accusers, including Temer, are embroiled in a far bigger corruption scandal, nicknamed Operation Car Wash—a scandal that has also embroiled key members of her Workers Party, including her mentor, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva.
Impeachment brings with it a ban on running for public office for eight years, but senators have decided Rousseff will not be subject to that rule, according to news reports.