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Brazil impeachment: the laws, votes, and popular pressure in play

Brazil's lower house speaker triggered impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff on December 2, 2015, setting the stage for a political battle that could see the country's first female leader forced from officeThe launching of impeachment proceedings Wednesday against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff ends lengthy behind-the-scenes intrigue, but even now the complex legal process could take months, with the outcome far from certain. A: The opposition says Rousseff fiddled government accounts in 2014 to mask budget holes during her reelection campaign. The nation’s accounting court, known as the TCU, gave the opposition significant ammunition in October by recommending that Congress reject the 2014 government accounts.

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