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Brazil: Senate committee votes in favour of Dilma impeachment01:38

Brazil: Senate committee votes in favour of Dilma impeachment

Brazil, Brasilia
August 4, 2016 at 18:48 GMT +00:00 · Published

With 14 votes in favour and four against the Senate committee in Brasilia voted for the impeachment of Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff, Thursday.

On May 12, the Senate voted 55 to 22 in favour of impeaching Brazil's first female president, who was suspended for up to six months while a committee investigates whether she broke the country's budget laws ahead of her re-election in 2014.

Rousseff and her sympathisers have repeatedly called the impeachment process an orchestrated coup by Brazil's right-wing. Speaker of the lower house of Brazilian Congress Eduardo Cunha, one of the most instrumental law makers in pushing for Rousseff's impeachment, was recently forced to resign on charges of allegedly accepting up to $40 million (€ 36 million) in bribes.

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With 14 votes in favour and four against the Senate committee in Brasilia voted for the impeachment of Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff, Thursday.

On May 12, the Senate voted 55 to 22 in favour of impeaching Brazil's first female president, who was suspended for up to six months while a committee investigates whether she broke the country's budget laws ahead of her re-election in 2014.

Rousseff and her sympathisers have repeatedly called the impeachment process an orchestrated coup by Brazil's right-wing. Speaker of the lower house of Brazilian Congress Eduardo Cunha, one of the most instrumental law makers in pushing for Rousseff's impeachment, was recently forced to resign on charges of allegedly accepting up to $40 million (€ 36 million) in bribes.

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