President Michel Temer waves as he takes office before the plenary of the Brazilian Senate in Brasilia, on August 31, 2016. AFP / ANDRESSA ANHOLETE
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The Senate's 61-20 vote Wednesday to permanently remove her means Temer, who had been her vice president, will now serve out her term, which ends in late 2018 .Just hours after Rousseff was removed, Temer assured the nation his administration was up to the task.Temer also denied that the proceedings were a coup against Rousseff, which she repeatedly claimed throughout the process.Whether Temer can convince Brazilians that he is worth a real shot is unclear.Three of Temer's ministers had to quit within days of being named because of corruption allegations.New elections would first require that Temer resign, which he has no intention of doing.Temer, on the other hand, has been directly implicated: In a plea bargain, former Sen. Sergio Machado said that Temer asked him to channel $400,000 in Petrobras kickbacks to 2012 Sao Paulo mayoral candidate in Temer's party. Temer denies wrongdoing and has not been charged.Rousseff supporters have promised to try to impeach Temer, though analysts say that's unlikely.
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