Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff will face trial over allegations of illegal manipulation of finances after the Senate voted to impeach and suspend her by 55 votes to 22.

Rousseff denies manipulating public finances in an attempt to hide the growing public deficit ahead of her 2014 re-election, but had her last ditch attempt to block her impeachment denied by the Supreme Court.

She has described the impeachment as a “coup” and attorney general Jose Eduardo Cardozo said her trial is a “historic injustice”.

Vice-President Michel Temer, a 75-year-old former law professor, will assume the presidency during the trial, which could last up to six months.



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