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Brazil's senate votes to suspend president for 180 days

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<p>Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff will face a full impeachment trial after the country’s senate voted to suspend her from office.</p> <p>More than two thirds of senators backed the motion at the end of a marathon debate in the capital Brasilia.</p> <p>55 senators voted in favour compared to 22 against. There were no abstentions.</p> <p>It means Rousseff will now automatically be suspended for 180 days while she fights the charges.</p> <p>Vice President Michel Temer will step in as interim head of state.</p> <p>A two-thirds majority vote will still be needed at the end of the forthcoming Senate trial to force Rousseff from office altogether.</p> <p>The process to impeach Brazil’s first woman president has divided Brazilians.</p> <p>Thousands of protesters gathered outside Congress and across the country in support and opposition to Rousseff.</p> <p>In Sao Paulo, there were violent scenes as demonstrators clashed with police during the debate.</p> <p><strong><em>Euronews</em></strong></p>
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