Down but not out, Brazil’s ousted President Dilma Rousseff has pledged to appeal her impeachment.
Speaking after the senate vote, she denied any wrongdoing and reiterated that the decision to remove her for breaking budgetary rules was tantamount to a coup.
Rousseff told supporters, “They’ve just toppled the first elected woman president of Brazil, without any constitutional justification for this impeachment”.
Standing outside the presidential residence flanked by supporters, she called upon them to rally against the newly sworn-in right-wing President Michel Temer.
“They think they’ve won, but they’re wrong. I know we will all fight. They will face the strongest and most energetic opposition that a coup plotting government can face”, she added.
Senators voted 61-20 to convict Rousseff, marking an end to her more than five year reign and 13 years of Workers Party rule, which had lifted millions out of poverty.
The end to the leftist government also sparked anger in other left-leaning adminstrations.
Venezuela, Bolivia and Ecuador announced they would recall their ambassadors.