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Brazil's Senate strips Rousseff of presidency

Impeached Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff gestures during her testimony in her impeachment trial at the National Congress in BrasiliaBrasília (AFP) – Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff was stripped of the country’s presidency Wednesday in a Senate impeachment vote ending 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America’s biggest economy. Rousseff, 68, was convicted by 61 of the 81 senators of illegally manipulating the national budget. Cheers — and cries of disappointment — erupted in the blue-carpeted, circular Senate chamber as the verdict flashed up on the electronic voting screen.

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