Special commission recommends impeachment against President Rousseff

The 65-member Special Impeachment Committee of the Chamber of Deputies, or the lower house of Brazilian Congress, voted 38 to 27 in Brasilia on April 11 in favor of bringing impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff.

This paved the way for the full chamber to vote on the matter around the weekend.

If two-thirds of the chamber, or 372 of 513 deputies, votes in favor, the motion then goes to the Senate, or the upper house.

A turnaround in Brazil’s economic fortunes, coupled with a corruption scandal at state oil giant Petrobras, are mainly blamed for undermining Rousseff’s popularity and fueling the attempt by the political opposition to drive her from power.

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