Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is facing impeachment following a dramatic loss in a crucial vote in the lower house of Congress on 17 April. According to opinion polls, more than 60% of the Brazilian population supported the impeaching. While the decision required a 75% vote, the government officially admitted defeat after 314 of the 513 members of the Chamber Of Deputies voted for impeachment and officials realised they did not have enough support to protect the president. The vote comes only two years after Rousseff won her re-election in 2014.

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Protesters in favour of the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff fly the Brazilian flag in the streets of Sao PauloVictor Moriyama/Getty Images

Thousands of people, who have been protesting against Rousseff's government were seen celebrating all over Brazil, after the opposition comfortably surpassed the two-thirds majority needed to send her for trial in the Senate on charges of manipulating budget accounts.Those fighting in her favour appeared to be devastated. Although she is not being tried for corruption, Rousseff's Worker's Party has been tainted by a vast graft scandal at state oil company Petrobras and by the economic recession, the worst Brazil has seen in a century.

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A woman, opposed to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, watches the voting session on television from within the central regions in Sao PauloVictor Moriyama/Getty Images
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A group of men who are in favour of the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff cheer while watching the televised voting of the Lower House Of CongressAdriano Machado/Reuters

The fraud scandal, which saw ex-President Lula da Silva being briefly detained back in March, was uncovered by prosecutors who stated there was evidence that the former president received funds from the graft scheme at state oil giant Petrobras through work on a luxury beachside penthouse and a country home at a time when Rousseff was chairwoman.

Anti-government rallies have been going on for the past month and have increased the pressure on the embattled president.

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Demonstrators celebrate during a protest against President Dilma Rousseff in Sao PauloNacho Doce/Reuters
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Members of the Lower House Of Congress celebrate as they get close to enough votes in favour of the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff in BrasiliaUeslei Marcelino/Reuters
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The drama of the impeachment vote is played out on a big screen in Sao PauloNacho Doce/Reuters
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An anti-government demonstrator reacts as she watches a televised vote on the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in Rio de JaneiroRicardo Moraes/Reuters
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A protester opposed to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff watch the voting session on television in Sao PauloVictor Moriyama/Getty Images

The Senate will vote in early May to proceed with the impeachment, and it is almost certain that Rousseff will be forced from office months before the nation hosts the Olympics. If so, Vice President Michel Temer will take over as acting president, serving out her term until 2018 if she is found guilty.

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Opponents of President Dilma Rousseff react after the Lower House Of Congress voted to proceed with her impeachment in BrasiliaAdriano Machado/Reuters
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An anti-government protester celebrated in full Brazilian colours after the impeachment voteAdriano Machado/Reuters
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A supporter of President Dilma Rousseff is overcome watching the televised voting of the Lower House Of Congress in BrasiliaPaulo Whitaker/Reuters
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Inflatable dolls, known as Pixuleco, of Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (R) and current president Dilma Rousseff are paraded at a protest rally in Sao PauloRodrigo Paiva/Reuters
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Anti-government demonstrators burn an image of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff as they celebrate in Rio de JaneiroRicardo Moraes/Reuters
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Women hug after hearing that the Lower House of Congress voted to proceed with President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment in BrasiliaAdriano Machado/Reuters
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Opponents of President Dilma Rousseff celebrate in BrasiliaAdriano Machado/Reuters
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Two opponents of President Dilma Rousseff huge each other in relief at a rally in BrasiliaAdriano Machado/Reuters
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Opponents of President Dilma Rousseff celebrate by burning the flag of the ruling Workers Party in BrasiliaAdriano Machado/Reuters
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Demonstrators look on at a big screen showing a session to review the request for Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment during a protest at Paulista Avenue in Sao PauloRodrigo Paiva/Reuters
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Supporters of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff follow the vote on television in front of the National Congress in BrasiliaBeto Barata/AFP
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People opposed to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff come together to watch the voting session on television in Sao PauloVictor Moriyama/Getty Images
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Women opposed to the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff hide their faces in despair watching the voting session in Sao PauloVictor Moriyama/Getty Images
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A supporter of President Dilma Rousseff puts her head in her hands as protesters watch the voting session on television in Sao PauloVictor Moriyama/Getty Images
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A woman looks on in disbelief as she watches a televised vote for the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff from a screen in Rio de JaneiroRicardo Moraes/Reuters