Latin America: Brazil parliament has voted to begin the process of impeaching President Dilma Rousseff due to charges that he manipulated government accounts.
Those in the “yes” camp won the two-thirds majority without any struggle to carry the day.
The motion will now proceed to the Senate which is a higher house. The Senate will begin formal trial next month after suspending Ms Rousseff.
She has denied the accusations that she tampered with the accounts so as to secure her re-election in 2014.
Her supporters describe the vote as a “coup against democracy” and the ruling Workers’ Party has promised to continue its fight to defend her “in the streets and in the Senate”.
Ms Rousseff is unpopular in the country as a result of the economic crisis that Brazil is facing.
Is this a big blow?
The required votes to start the impeachment is 342 but the yes camp was able to net 367 in the impeachment vote.
Those against the motion were able to get 137 votes while seven deputies were absent.
Hundreds of thousands of supporters celebrated so loudly and in a colorful manner as they watched the vote on huge TVs in the city streets all over the country.
There will be a vote by the Senate early next month so as to put the president on trial.
If the vote goes on, she will be replaced by her vice President Michel Temer.