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Brazil senate votes to indict Rousseff, put her on trial

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 00:58

Brazil's Senate votes to indict suspended President Dilma Rousseff and put her on trial for breaking budget laws. Natasha Howitt reports.

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Brazil's senate votes in favour of putting suspended President Dilma Rousseff on trial, the latest in an impeachment process expected to end 13 years of the Workers' Party's leftist rule. Rousseff is being charged for breaking budget laws. Fifty-nine voted in favour of accepting the charges, 21 against. "She no longer deserves to govern Brazil," this senator Miguel Real Junior says, "because of the way she led the country to the disaster it now finds itself in." A final verdict could come at the end of the month. If Rousseff is convicted and definitively removed from office, interim President Michel Temer will serve out the remainder of his term. Rousseff and her supporters call the process a coup d'etat by Temer's party. Her lawyer said the decision was based on no evidence, and clearly a pretext to forward political interests.

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Brazil senate votes to indict Rousseff, put her on trial

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 00:58