Lula da Silva
Brazil's senate has opened the session in which senators are expected to vote to impeach Rousseff, the country’s first female president, for allegedly manipulating the national accounts.
Massive anti-government marches typically carry effigies of President Rousseff and boo opportunistic opposition leaders, who are often accused of more serious crimes. But angry protesters have a soft spot for one man — Judge Sergio Moro.
Brazil awoke his Monday morning to the sobering reality that the lower house of congress just voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, less than two years after she was elected. The process now goes to the country's senate.
It is now up to the Senate to decide whether to suspend Rousseff, as Brazil's political crisis plays out against a backdrop of a deep recession, and an ever-expanding litany of corruption scandals implicating political leaders from all major parties.
Officials estimated that more than 3.5 million people joined anti-government protests in cities across Brazil on Sunday. Calls for the president's impeachment were mixed with anger at corruption, and the country's shrinking economy.
A new right wing president in Argentina and the gathering force of the opposition in Venezuela has left the longtime dominance of leftist governments in Latin America looking shaky.