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Brazilian Senate forms Rousseff impeachment commission

Source: Xinhua 2016-04-26 10:34:53
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BRASILIA, April 26, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Lawmakers attend a symbolic vote for the election of senators of a special commission at the Senate in Brasilia, Brazil, on April 25, 2016. The Brazilian Senate on Monday elected a special impeachment commission, which will analyze the case against President Dilma Rousseff starting on April 26, the commission said. The first mission of the 21 senators in the commission will debate whether there is a case against Rousseff, following an impeachment vote against her in the Chamber of Deputies on April 18, said Raimundo Lira, chairman of the commission from the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party. (Xinhua/AGENCIA ESTADO)

BRASILIA, April 25 (Xinhua) -- The Brazilian Senate on Monday elected a special impeachment commission, which will analyze the case against President Dilma Rousseff starting on April 26, the commission said.

The first mission of the 21 senators in the commission will debate whether there is a case against Rousseff, following an impeachment vote against her in the Chamber of Deputies on April 18, said Raimundo Lira, chairman of the commission from the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB).

If the commission votes in favor and a Senate plenary hearing ratifies this decision in a vote set for May 12, Rousseff will have to be removed from office for 180 days while Vice President Michel Temer becomes interim president.

PMDB Senator Antonio Anastasia was elected as rapporteur, despite protests from Workers' Party senators, who only have five seats on the commission.

The commission now has 10 days to elaborate and present its report on whether the impeachment process should go ahead or not.

Rousseff, against whom no formal charges have been presented, is reportedly being investigated for signing budget documents without the right funds to back them up and for delaying payments to state banks, allegedly to cover up the true state of her government's finances.

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Brazilian Senate forms Rousseff impeachment commission
                 Source: Xinhua | 2016-04-26 10:34:53 | Editor: huaxia

BRAZIL-BRASILIA-JUSTICE-TRIAL

BRASILIA, April 26, 2016 (Xinhua) -- Lawmakers attend a symbolic vote for the election of senators of a special commission at the Senate in Brasilia, Brazil, on April 25, 2016. The Brazilian Senate on Monday elected a special impeachment commission, which will analyze the case against President Dilma Rousseff starting on April 26, the commission said. The first mission of the 21 senators in the commission will debate whether there is a case against Rousseff, following an impeachment vote against her in the Chamber of Deputies on April 18, said Raimundo Lira, chairman of the commission from the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party. (Xinhua/AGENCIA ESTADO)

BRASILIA, April 25 (Xinhua) -- The Brazilian Senate on Monday elected a special impeachment commission, which will analyze the case against President Dilma Rousseff starting on April 26, the commission said.

The first mission of the 21 senators in the commission will debate whether there is a case against Rousseff, following an impeachment vote against her in the Chamber of Deputies on April 18, said Raimundo Lira, chairman of the commission from the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB).

If the commission votes in favor and a Senate plenary hearing ratifies this decision in a vote set for May 12, Rousseff will have to be removed from office for 180 days while Vice President Michel Temer becomes interim president.

PMDB Senator Antonio Anastasia was elected as rapporteur, despite protests from Workers' Party senators, who only have five seats on the commission.

The commission now has 10 days to elaborate and present its report on whether the impeachment process should go ahead or not.

Rousseff, against whom no formal charges have been presented, is reportedly being investigated for signing budget documents without the right funds to back them up and for delaying payments to state banks, allegedly to cover up the true state of her government's finances.

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BRASILIA, April 25 (Xinhua) -- Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Monday that the "coup" being perpetrated against President Dilma Rousseff risked undoing the democratic advances seen across Latin America in recent years.

Speaking at a seminar entitled "Democracy and Social Justice" in Sao Paulo, Lula said his opponents wanted to grab power illegally and force "a neoliberal agenda, which has been defeated at the ballot box."Full Story

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MEXICO CITY, April 19 (Xinhua) -- The vote in the Brazilian lower house of parliament on Sunday in favor of impeaching left-leaning President Dilma Rousseff has raised the alarm around the Latin American continent about the further weakening of socialism in the region.

The vote is seen as the latest in a string of actions that undermine socialism on the continent.Full Story

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