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Brazil Senate debates opening impeachment end game

Residents of Rio de Janeiro demonstrate against interim president Michel TemerBrasília (AFP) – Brazil’s Senate opened debate Tuesday ahead of a vote on sending suspended president Dilma Rousseff to an impeachment trial, bringing the Olympic host country’s political crisis to a climax. Rousseff’s opponents only need a simple majority of the 81 senators’ votes to open an impeachment trial. It is the final vote before the one that will decide Rousseff’s ultimate political fate, when a two-thirds majority would be needed to strip her of her power and end 13 years of leftist rule in Brazil.

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