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Rousseff suspended as president of Brazil, cabinet dismissed

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Just hours after the Senate vote that suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, her entire Cabinet was dismissed.

The G1 internet portal of the Globo television network says notice of the dismissal of the 27 ministers has appeared in Thursday's edition of the government gazette.

Those sacked include former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Rousseff's predecessor and mentor, whom she named as her chief of staff in March.

The dismissals appear to open the way for Rousseff's Vice President Michel Temer to swear in his own Cabinet as early as Thursday.

Temer has suggested he'll slash the number of Cabinet posts to 22.

The International Olympic Committee says it is looking forward to working with the new Brazilian government ahead of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro following the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.

IOC President Thomas Bach says "there is strong support for the Olympic Games in Brazil and we look forward to working with the new government to deliver successful Games in Rio this summer."

Bach says preparations for the Aug. 5-21 games "have now entered into a very operational phase and issues such as these have much less influence than at other stages of organizing the Olympic Games."

He adds: "We have seen the great progress being made in Rio de Janeiro and we remain confident about the success of the Olympic Games in August."

Senate President Renan Calheiros says that President Dilma Rousseff will remain in the presidential residence despite being impeached and suspended by the Senate. Now that lawmakers have voted to impeach Rousseff, the chamber has up to 180 days to conduct a trial and then vote whether to remove her permanently.

Calheiros says that in the meantime Rousseff will have security guards, health care, and the right to air and ground travel, as well as staff for her personal office. He also says she'll receive a salary, though he didn't specify what it would be.

Sen. Romero Juca says the 55-22 vote to impeach Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff suggests it would be very difficult for her to win her mandate back during the impeachment trial.

Juca is from the opposition Democratic Movement Party, the main motor behind the impeachment.

Vice President Michel Temer will now take over while the Senate conducts a trial within the next 180 days.

Juca says: "It was a painful process, a process that has changed Brazil — but it is necessary to change Brazil. People today are having difficulties. Thousands of people are losing their jobs every day, companies are closing. Life is getting worse. It's not possible to continue the way things are."

Sen. Humberto Costa, the Workers' Party leader in the Senate, acknowledged the government's defeat and pledged to be a "strong and hard" opposition to the new Temer government.

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