President Rousseff loses impeachment vote

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Brazil’s lower house has voted to start impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff over charges of manipulating government accounts.

The “yes” camp comfortably won the required two-thirds majority, after a lengthy session in the capital.

The motion will now go to the upper house, the Senate, which is expected to suspend Rousseff next month while it carries out a formal trial.

She denies tampering with the accounts to help secure her re-election in 2014.

Mr Rousseff’s opponents secured 367 votes in the lower house – exceeding the 342-vote mark needed to send the motion to the Senate.
The “no” camp secured 167 votes, while seven other deputies abstained. Two deputies were not present during the voting.

Voting began after passionate statements from MPs and party leaders in a session broadcast live on television as well as on large screens in city centres.


Source: BBC

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