Brazil opposition draws first blood in Rousseff impeachment fight

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff gestures during a meeting with state governors who are against her impeachment, at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on December 8, 2015Brasília (AFP) – Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was left scrambling Tuesday to avoid impeachment after a key coalition ally indicated he may desert her and opponents won control of the congressional commission examining her case. Deputies either in open opposition or part of the ruling coalition yet favoring impeachment took 39 of 65 seats on the newly formed commission after a chaotic voting process that erupted in shouting and pushing. The commission is charged with studying the case, then making a recommendation to the lower house of Congress, where a two-thirds vote would be required to put Rousseff on trial in the upper house and possibly force her from office.

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