Michel Temer to be sworn in as Brazil’s president

Michel Temer will be sworn in as president of Brazil at 1900 GMT Wednesday after Dilma Rousseff was stripped of the post, the leader of the Senate said.

Senate president Renan Calheiros told the chamber that acting president Temer, 75, would be sworn in as full head of state after members convicted Rousseff of breaking state accounting laws at an impeachment trial.

Rousseff, 68, was convicted by 61 of the 81 senators of illegally manipulating the national budget. The vote, passing the needed two-thirds majority, meant she was immediately removed from office.

Cheers and cries of disappointment had erupted in the blue-carpeted, circular Senate chamber as the verdict flashed up on the electronic voting screen.

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