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Dilma Rousseff suspended, will not open Rio Olympics

Dilma Rousseff

BRASILIA, BRAZIL - MAY 10: Embattled Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff waves as she enters to speak at a women’s rights conference on May 10, 2016 in Brasilia, Brazil. Rousseff is facing an impeachment vote in the Senate tomorrow that could force her to step down from the presidency for 180 days and face trial. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s president since 2011, was temporarily suspended as the nation’s senate voted to begin an impeachment trial, meaning she is no longer in line to become the first female president to open an Olympics on Aug. 5.

NBC News has more on the reasons behind Rousseff’s ouster.

As for Rio 2016, Rousseff was set to become the third woman in four Olympics to declare the Games open. Now, Vice President Michel Temer is set to open the first Olympics in South America.

In 2014, Russian President Vladimir Putin declared the Sochi Olympics open on Feb. 7 (even though competition began Feb. 6).

But in the two Olympics before that, women opened the Games. Canada’s Governor General, Michaelle Jean, opened the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Queen Elizabeth II opened the London 2012 Games.

Before Vancouver 2010, three women total opened an Olympics from the first modern Games in Athens in 1986 through the Beijing 2008 Olympics.

Those women were Norway’s Princess Ragnhild (Oslo 1952), Queen Elizabeth II (Montreal 1976) and Jeanne Sauve (Calgary 1988).

Canada has hosted the Olympics three times. Every time, a woman has declared the Games open.

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