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Brazil's president edges closer to political abyss

Brazilians follow on big screens in Sao Paulo the vote in congress on whether to authorize an impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff on April 17, 2016Brasília (AFP) – Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff edged closer on Monday to being ousted as an impeachment case moved quickly through Congress, deepening a political crisis in the recession-struck country. House Speaker Eduardo Cunha handed over a slew of impeachment documents to the Senate hours after lawmakers overwhelmingly voted Sunday night for the 68-year-old leftist leader to face trial. The Senate is now expected to vote by mid-May on whether to open the proceedings, at which point Rousseff would have to step aside, with her vice president taking over.

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