Rousseff’s impeachment trial set for late August

Brasilia, Aug 18 (IANS) The Brazilian Senate ruled that the impeachment trial for suspended President Dilma Rousseff will last for four sessions on August 25-26 and August 29-30.

The decision on Wednesday was taken in a joint meeting between Senate President Renan Calheiros, the president of the Supreme Court, Ricardo Lewandowski, and leaders of different political parties, Xinhua news agency reported.

August 25 and August 26, will be dedicated to hearing witnesses. This process may continue into the weekend, if needed.

On Augusty 29, Rousseff will appear and provide her testimony while the prosecutors and defense lawyers will present their cases. On August 30, the senators will express their opinions about the case.

The final vote into whether to impeach Rousseff or not could be held on August 30, if time allows, or the next day.

Rousseff stands accused of seeking to hide public budget deficits through fiscal irregularities, such as delaying loan payments to public banks and ordering additional loans without congressional approval.

Rousseff was temporarily suspended for up to 180 days on May 12 and her vice-president, Michel Temer, took over the presidency on an interim basis.

A two-thirds majority, 54 out of 81 senators, is needed to fully remove her from office.

Should Rousseff be impeached, Temer would complete her mandate until the end of 2018 and she would be ineligible to stand for public office for eight years.

On Tuesday, Rousseff once again pleaded her innocence and pledged to call a national vote on the topic of early elections, should she be returned to office.



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