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Dilma Rousseff suspended as Senate votes to impeach


(CNN) --  Brazil's senators have voted to carry on impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff, with 55 of the 81 members of Brazil's upper house voting in favor of the motion. 22 voted against.

Speaking through the night, 71 of the chamber's members spoke ahead of the electronic vote, which took hours and ended, ultimately, in Rousseff's temporary removal from office.

She will now face an impeachment trial and, for the duration of this at least -- up to 180 days -- will be suspended from the office of president.

Rousseff, the country's first female president, will step aside immediately, and Vice President Michel Temer will assume the presidency for the time that Rousseff is obliged to step aside.

The past few months have been a roller coaster for the embattled premier, who has been at the center of a battle for her impeachment, including procedural and legal appeals to annul the vote heard.

The Senate and its committees will continue to work normally during this period.

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