Why Brazil's crisis could get worse

Story highlights

  • Brazilian lawmakers voted on Sunday to impeach President Dilma Rousseff
  • Brian Winter: It could be a while before things in Brazil start to get better

Brian Winter is editor-in-chief of Americas Quarterly and vice president of Americas Society and Council of the Americas. The views expressed are his own.

(CNN)With soccer-style cheering and a shower of confetti on Sunday, Brazil's Congress voted to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. Yet despite the wishful thinking of legislators and financial markets alike, there is a high risk that the country's crisis will still get worse before it gets better.

Rousseff, a 68-year-old leftist who spent three years in prison under a military regime in the 1970s, has vowed not to go quietly. Because of the rules of impeachment in Brazil, she will likely be President for at least another few weeks -- and it could be as late as November until she is definitively removed from office.