After several hours of deliberation, Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is now facing impeachment after a sizable majority of the Chamber of Deputies in the capital Brasilia voted in favor of the proceedings before the ruling Workers' Party conceded defeat. The vote ended weeks of debate that saw confidence in Dilma Rousseff's administration significantly weakened amid massive protests. The motion is now being sent to the Federal Senate, wherein Rousseff's removal as president for corruption becomes likely through impeachment trial.
A two-thirds majority vote (342) from the 513 members of the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of the Brazilian Congress, was needed in order to approve Dilma Rousseff's impeachment. Tensions were indeed high as the session went underway, while wild cheers from both pro- and anti-impeachment protesters were heard with each vote cast as they watched the session on large television screens.
Aside from Dilma Rousseff, her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was found to be engaging in money laundering on March of this year, which set off a record number of protesters to rise up. Protests in favor of Dilma Rousseff's ouster took place on March 13, with between 3 to 7 million Brazilians taking to the streets to express indignation over Brazil's corruption problem and worsening economy under Dilma Rousseff. More sudden protests occurred on March 16 after more allegations came out against Dilma Rousseff and Lula Da Silva.