Brazil Rousseff : MPs set for knife-edge impeachment vote

Brazil Rousseff : MPs set for knife-edge impeachment vote

Brazil Rousseff : MPs set for knife-edge impeachment vote

Written by Staff Writer

18 Apr, 2016 | 8:19 am

Brazil’s lower house of Congress is voting on whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff over charges of manipulating government accounts for political gains – a claim she denies.

Security has been stepped up outside the building in Brasilia to prevent clashes between rival protesters.

Ms Rousseff has accused her political opponents are mounting a “coup”.

She has been lobbying MPs amid indications there may be enough votes for the impeachment motion to carry.

The lengthy session in the capital Brasilia has heard speeches from both sides.

With 400 of the 513 votes cast, 297 voted to impeach Ms Rousseff, 97 were against, four abstained and two were absent.

If the motion is approved by two-thirds it will be sent to the upper house, the Senate, which will consider the allegations of unlawful activity against her.

If the Senate finds Ms Rousseff guilty, she can be removed from office permanently. She has two opportunities to appeal during the whole process.

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