BRASILIA, Brazil – Brazil’s Senate voted to impeach suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday morning.
61 senators voted in favor of permanently removing Rousseff from the office, 20 senators voted against her impeachment.
Rousseff is accused of mishandling Brazil’s budget and misrepresenting the state of the Brazilian economy.
Rousseff defended her innocence and characterized the impeachment as a coup.
Under Brazil’s constitution, once impeached, Rousseff would be barred from holding any office for eight years.
Rousseff could appeal to Brazil’s highest court, AP reports. “But previous appeals during the process have failed,” the wire service says.