Brazil’s Senate has voted to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office for manipulating the budget.
It puts a conclusion to the 13 years in power of her left-wing Workers’ Party. Ms Rousseff had denied the charges.
Sixty one senators voted in favour of her dismissal and 20 against, fulfilling the two-thirds majority needed to remove her from the presidency.
Michel Temer continues to be sworn in as president and will serve out Ms Rousseff’s duration until 1.
The centre-right PMDB party politician had been serving as acting president during the impeachment proceedings.
He asked his ministers to “vigorously defend” the authorities from accusations that Ms Rousseff’s dismissal amounted to some coup d’etat.
“We can’t leave one accusation unanswered,” he said during the assembly, which was broadcast live on television.
He also told ministers to work closely with the Congress to animate the Brazilian market. Mr Temer is travelling to take part in a summit of the G-20 group of major markets.
The judgment of dismissal of Ms Rousseff has caused a rift between Brazil and three left-wing South
American authorities that criticised the move later on Wednesday.
Venezuela and Brazil called back each other’s ambassadors. Brazilian envoys to Ecuador and Bolivia have been purchased household.