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Brazil Senate to vote on opening impeachment end game

Dilma Rousseff's opponents only need a simple majority of the 81 senators' votes to open an impeachment trialBrasília (AFP) – Brazil’s Senate will vote Tuesday on whether to send suspended president Dilma Rousseff to within a final step of losing office, 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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