Brazilian Senate set to launch Rousseff impeachment


BRASÍLIA: Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was only hours from possibly being suspended at the start of an impeachment trial Wednesday (Thursday in Manila) in a political crisis paralyzing Latin America’s largest country. Her government lawyer lodged a last-ditch appeal with the Supreme Court on Tuesday, but it was unclear whether the court would even respond in time. Barring a dramatic twist in events, the Senate was to start debating impeachment at approximately 9 a.m. (1200 GMT), with voting expected either late at night or in the early hours of Thursday. A majority of more than half of the senators in the 81-member chamber would trigger the opening of a trial and Rousseff’s automatic suspension for up to six months. In the final judgment, removing her from office would require a two-thirds majority. She is accused of breaking budgetary laws by taking loans to boost public spending and mask the sinking state of the economy during her tight 2014 re-election campaign.



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