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Weekly Report - 05 May 2016 (WR-16-17)

BRAZIL: Rousseff reaches the end of the line

In another setback to President Dilma Rousseff’s slim chances of remaining in office, on 4 May the lead reporter on the impeachment commission in the federal senate recommended that she face trial. Senator Antônio Anastasia, from the opposition Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira (PSDB), told the commission that the charges against Rousseff were serious enough to merit her removal from office. The commission is expected to vote overwhelmingly on 6 May to send Anastasia’s recommendation to the senate’s plenary. Fifty-one senators have already expressed their willingness to put Rousseff on trial: to do so only requires a simple majority of the 82 members of the upper house.

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