Rousseff impeachment session starts in high tension

Brazilian deputies hold signs against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment during a session to discuss its admissibility in Brasilia on April 17, 2016Brasília (AFP) – Brazilian lawmakers fought and shouted at the opening of a session Sunday to decide whether President Dilma Rousseff should face impeachment, in a political showdown watched by millions around the deeply divided country. Months of rancorous debate that have seen Rousseff’s ruling coalition collapse and prompted huge street demonstrations came to a head in the capital Brasilia, where the lower house of Congress was voting on whether to authorize an impeachment trial. Tension erupted into scuffles and yelling as soon as the house speaker, Eduardo Cunha, who is a fierce Rousseff opponent, opened the session.

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