Brazil's Senate debates impeaching cornered Rousseff

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is accused of breaking budgetary laws by taking loans to boost public spending and mask the sinking state of the economyBrasília (AFP) – Brazil’s Senate launched a marathon debate Wednesday on impeaching President Dilma Rousseff, whose hours in office appeared numbered after the Supreme Court rejected her bid to halt the proceedings. Rousseff is accused of illegal accounting maneuvers to hide budget holes in an election year, but says the charges are trumped up and amount to a coup by her right-wing opponents. A simple majority in the 81-member Senate will trigger Rousseff’s six-month suspension pending the outcome of her impeachment trial.

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