Brazil: Congress votes to impeach Dilma Rousseff

    Brazil: Congress votes to impeach Dilma Rousseff

    April 18, Brasilia: Brazil’s lower house of congress is voting in favour of impeaching President Dilma Rousseff, a move that could see the country's first female leader removed from power. 

    The "yes" camp is leading by a wide margin, as the vote reaches its final stage. To succeed, the motion needs a two-thirds majority - or 342 votes.

    Rousseff accuses her opponents of mounting a "coup", media reports said.

    Tens of thousands of rival protesters are rallying outside Congress. The lengthy session in the capital Brasilia has heard speeches from both sides.

    With 400 of the 513 votes cast, 297 voted to impeach Rousseff, 97 were against, four abstained and two were absent.

    If the motion is approved by two-thirds it will be sent to the upper house, the Senate, which will consider the allegations of unlawful activity against her, BBC reported.

    If the Senate finds Rousseff guilty, she can be removed from office permanently. She has two opportunities to appeal during the whole process.

    The Oslo Times


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