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Senate committee recommends Rousseff be put on trial

Saturday, May 07, 2016 - 01:23

A Brazilian Senate committee votes in favor of putting President Dilma Rousseff on trial for breaking budget laws moving a step closer to her likely suspension. Julie Noce reports.

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In a vote of 15 to five, a Senate committee in Brazil recommends that President Dilma Rousseff be put on trial for breaking budget laws. The charges involve budget irregularities that critics say covered up budget problems while she ran for re-election in 2014. Rousseff's supporters have called for an annulment of the impeachment proceedings and say she committed no crime. During the hearing, Worker's Party senator Lindberg Faria addressed the cameras to say "President Rousseff, I'm certain history will absolve you. This moment will go down in history as a coup against Brazilian democracy." Rousseff has struggled to survive politically in the face of Brazil's worst recession since the 1930's. At an event just hours after the vote she vowed to continue her fight. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT, DILMA ROUSSEFF, SAYING: "I will stay here, fighting, fighting, because I am the proof of this injustice. They are condemning an innocent person, and there is nothing more serious than condemning an innocent person." The full Senate is expected to vote in favor of the measure next week. If they do, Rousseff will be suspended and replaced by the vice president for the duration of the trial that could last six months.

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Senate committee recommends Rousseff be put on trial

Saturday, May 07, 2016 - 01:23