Brazilian Senate Keen On Impeaching Rousseff, Votes To Begin Impeachment Proceedings

Brazil’s Senate opened debate Wednesday ahead of a vote on suspending President Dilma Rousseff and launching an impeachment trial that could bring down the curtain on 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America’s biggest country.

The presidnet of the Brazilian Senate Renan Calheiros (R, bottom) speaks with senators during a session to vote on Senator Delcidio do Amaral's cassation in Brasilia, on May 10, 2016.  The interim speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress Waldir Maranhao on Tuesday said he had reversed a decision to annul the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff after Calheiros, on Monday had dismissed his annulment. / AFP PHOTO / ANDRESSA ANHOLETE
The presidnet of the Brazilian Senate Renan Calheiros (R, bottom) speaks with senators during a session to vote on Senator Delcidio do Amaral’s cassation in Brasilia, on May 10, 2016.
The interim speaker of Brazil’s lower house of Congress Waldir Maranhao on Tuesday said he had reversed a decision to annul the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff after Calheiros, on Monday had dismissed his annulment. / AFP PHOTO / ANDRESSA ANHOLETE

Even allies of Rousseff, 68, said she had no chance of surviving the vote. She is accused of illegal accounting maneuvers but says the charges are trumped up and amount to a coup d’etat by her center-right opponents.

Debate was expected to last all day with a vote during the night or early hours of Thursday. A simple majority in the 81 member Senate would be enough to trigger Rousseff’s six-month suspension pending judgment, in which a two thirds majority would force her from office permanently.

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Senate President Renan Calheiros, who was overseeing the proceedings, told journalists that impeachment would be “traumatic” for Brazil, which is already struggling with the worst recession in decades and a corruption scandal that has ripped apart the political and business elite.

“The process of impeachment… is long, traumatic and does not produce quick results,” Calheiros warned.

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