Brazil’s Rousseff to face impeachment trial

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Brasilia, May 12 (IANS) Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is set to face trial after the Senate on Thursday voted to impeach and suspend her.

Rousseff is accused of illegally manipulating finances to hide a growing public deficit ahead of her re-election in 2014, which she has denied, BBC reported.

Senators voted to suspend her by 55 votes to 22 after an all-night session that lasted more than 20 hours.

Vice-President Michel Temer will now assume the presidency while Rousseff’s trial takes place.

The trial may last up to 180 days, which would mean Rousseff would be suspended during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro which start on August 5.



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