Political protests on the streets of Brazil were growing amid moves to proceed with the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.
The Senate upper house of parliament in Brasilia was set to vote as Tribune went to press on suspending her from office pending trial on allegations that she used public funds to boost the financial profile of the government.outside office.
The decision to press ahead with a vote on the Workers’ Party leader came in spite of a surprise twist in the drama – which Rousoff and her supporters claim is a political coup – when the Speaker of the country’s lower house attempted to annul the process. Rousoff has vowed to “resist to the last day”.
If the vote for an impeachment trial of the President is passed by the Senate, she must stand down for up to six months while an investigation takes place. While she prepared her defence, Vice-President Michel Temer would assume until power on a temporary basis until November. The process would then continue before a special Senate committee.
Rousseff would have 20 days to present her case. Then it is for the committee to vote on a final determination before a vote on the matter is taken by the full Senate.
A two-thirds majority is required to remove the President from office.