A Senate committee met on Friday to vote on whether to recommend President Rousseff be put on trial by the full chamber on charges of breaking budget laws, in an impeachment process expected to lead to her suspension from office next week.
Only five of the 21 members of the committee have said they will vote against sending Rousseff for trial, meaning her opponents comfortably have the majority they need to recommend the full Senate vote on Wednesday to try her.
If she loses in the plenary, as expected, Rousseff would be suspended automatically and Vice President Michel Temer will replace her as acting president. If the Senate convicts her in a trial that can last six months, Temer would serve out the remainder of Rousseff’s second term through 2018.
Rousseff has struggled to survive politically in the face of Brazil’s biggest ever corruption scandal and its worst recession since the 1930’s. Her removal would mark an end to 13 years of leftist rule by the Workers Party that came to power in 2003 under her mentor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
(Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Daniel Flynn)
Source: Reuters world