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Brazil's Congress Opens Impeachment Proceedings Against President

Posted by Maggie Miller on December 3, 2015 at 4:55 AM

GRNlive correspondents available in Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro.

Reuters: The speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress opened impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday, deepening a political crisis as the economy nosedives. Opposition parties first filed a request to impeach Rousseff in September, accusing the unpopular president of violating Brazil's fiscal laws and manipulating government finances to help her win re-election last year. Lower house speaker Eduardo Cunha finally said he had agreed to open proceedings. A special committee with members from all parties will decide on the merits of the request, which needs two-thirds, or 342, of the votes in the lower house. She would then be suspended pending a 180-day trial by the Senate.

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