Symbolically marking the end of an era of 13 years in power for the leftist Workers’ Party, Rousseff stepped out of the Alvorada Palace and into the blazing Brasilia sunshine, surrounded by some 100 supporters, former ministers and allied lawmakers.
Leaving the grounds, she got out of her car to greet supporters, who had scattered red and yellow flower petals at the entrance.
“I’m very sad, very sad, feeling like the country will be left a bit orphaned,” said one supporter, 56-year-old retiree Cecilia Monteiro.
Rousseff, 68, then boarded an air force plane to the southern city of Porto Alegre, her adopted hometown, where more supporters were waiting.
Rousseff, Brazil’s first woman president, was stripped of the presidency last week after a nine-month impeachment battle.
The Senate convicted her on charges of fudging the government’s budget by taking unauthorized state loans. Unofficially, she was also taking the blame for a deep recession, friction with Congress and a massive corruption scandal that tainted much of the political establishment.
He will serve out the rest of Rousseff’s term until elections in 2018.
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