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Senate to decide embattled Rousseff's fate later today

Senate to decide embattled Rousseff's fate later today

Brazil

The fate of Brazil’s embattled president, Dilma Rousseff now lies in the hands of the country’s senate which is expected to vote on the matter of her possible impeachment later today.

Rousseff who has vowed not to resign from her position is battling to stay on as the country’s leader.

If senators vote in favour of her impeachment, which has already been given the green light by a special commission set up to look into the matter, she will be suspended from office and put on trial for breaking the country’s budget laws.

Without doubt, we are going through a time when the people feel that we're making history. The history of this country.

Rousseff told a crowd of female supporters: “Without doubt, we are going through a time when the people feel that we’re making history. The history of this country.”

Eduardo Cardozo, Brazil’s Attorney General in a last minute bid to save the president, called on the Supreme Court on Tuesday to annul the impeachment proceedings which he argues are politically motivated and without legal basis.

Those who want Dilma Rouseff out, accuse her of corruption and hold her responsible for the country’s recession.

Her supporters on the other hand, have described the impeachment as a political coup against a democratically elected government.

Reuters

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