Wednesday, 10 August 2016 - 14:04
Brazil political crisis: Senators vote to put suspended president Dilma Rousseff on trial
Brazil’s Senate on Wednesday voted to put suspended President Dilma Rousseff on an impeachment trial that could seal her downfall and strengthen her successor’s hand as early as this month.
Senators voted 59 to 21 in favor of opening the final phase of the impeachment process, which began last December on allegations that Rousseff illegally financed government spending. The session started Tuesday morning and ran past 2 a.m. on Wednesday.
The tally exceeded the 54-vote, two-thirds majority that will be needed to permanently remove her and confirm Acting President Michel Temer in office. That vote is expected to take place in late August or early September.
Rousseff was temporarily suspended in May when the Senate decided to send the impeachment process to a special committee. Wednesday’s vote accepted the committee’s recommendation to put her on trial before the full Senate.