• Brazil: Senate impeaches President Rousseff

    Brazil: Senate impeaches President Rousseff

    Brazil’s Senate overwhelmingly in the final phase of her impeachment trial voted on Wednesday to remove President Dilma Rousseff from office on charges of breaking budget laws.

    A report from the Senate said the 61-20 vote in the upper house of Congress brings to an end 13 years of rule by the leftist Workers’ Party.

    This was well clear of the 54 votes needed for a two-thirds majority.

    The report added that the interim President, Michel Temer of the centre-right Brazilian Democratic Movement […]

  • Brazil’s Rousseff faces final impeachment battle

    Brazil’s Rousseff faces final impeachment battle

    Brazil’s suspended president Dilma Rousseff enters her final battle to win back power on Thursday, when senators open an impeachment trial expected to remove her from office for good.

    That would formally end 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America’s biggest economy.

    During a trial expected to last several days, the former Marxist guerrilla, 68, will take the stand to defend herself against charges that she fiddled state accounts.

    She denounces the impeachment drive as a “coup” by her rivals, led by […]