Rousseff impeachment vote: Brazil Senate set to decide..suspension starts
Brazil’s Senate is debating whether President Dilma Rousseff should face a full impeachment trial.
If a simple majority votes in favour, as is expected, Ms Rousseff will be automatically suspended from office.
Ms Rousseff made a last-ditch appeal to the Supreme Court to stop proceedings, but the move was rejected.
The president is accused of illegally manipulating finances to hide a growing public deficit ahead of her re-election in 2014, which she denies.
The debate has been running for hours. Sixty-eight senators originally registered to speak and two more added their names to the list during the proceedings, bringing the total to 70.
At 20:30 local time (23:30 GMT), 27 senators had spoken. Of those 27, 23 spoke in favour of an impeachment trial and four against.
Senator Fatima Bezerra from Ms Rousseff’s Workers’s Party said she would “vote against this farce”.
“Those who back this coup d’etat won’t ever be forgiven,” she warned.
The other senators to back Ms Rousseff were Jorge Viana and Angela Portela, both of the Workers’ Party, and Temario Mota of the Democratic Workers’ Party.
Senator Viana called the impeachment proceedings “institutional anarchy” while Senator Mota said that “this impeachment was born of revenge, hatred and revenge”.
Among those who backed the impeachment trial was Aecio Neves, who lost to Ms Rousseff in the 2014 presidential election.
He said Ms Rousseff had led the country into its worst crisis in more than a century.
Earlier, former football player Romario, who is now a senator for the Brazilian Socialist Party, also referred to Brazil’s economic problems, calling it “a very serious crisis”.
Senator Jose Agripino Maia accused the governing Workers’ Party of “getting too accustomed to spending” beyond its means.
One of the most passionate speakers in favour of the impeachment trial was Magno Malta of the Party of the Republic.
He compared the government of Ms Rousseff to “gangrene” which needed to be removed to make Brazil healthy again.
But the atmosphere in the upper house is a far cry from the packed lower house session on 17 April.
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff is to face trial after the Senate voted to impeach and suspend her.
Ms Rousseff is accused of illegally manipulating finances to hide a growing public deficit ahead of her re-election in 2014, which she denies.
Senators voted to suspend her by 55 votes to 22 after an all-night session that lasted more than 20 hours.
Vice-President Michel Temer will now assume the presidency while Ms Rousseff’s trial takes place.
The trial may last up to 180 days, which would mean Ms Rousseff would be suspended during the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, which start on 5 August.
Ms Rousseff made a last-ditch appeal to the Supreme Court to stop proceedings, but the move was rejected. Her suspension brings an end to 13 years of the rule of her Workers’ Party.
it is a coup..but its bloodless and without guns..thats not to say she isnt guilty..she may well be..but i reckon if you investigated deeply you might find the usual fingerprints..rio 2016 is going to be a hoot eh?..zika, filthy water and now the leader is suspended..all they need now is a terror attack..