Majority of Brazilian senators say will vote to suspend Rousseff

May 12, 2016 11:59 am
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People demonstrate in support of the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in front of the National Congress in Brasilia, on May 11, 2016/AFP
People demonstrate in support of the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff in front of the National Congress in Brasilia, on May 11, 2016/AFP

, BRASILIA, Brazil, May 12 – A majority of Brazil’s Senate have said they will vote to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and open an impeachment trial, setting up a transfer of power Thursday to Vice President Michel Temer.

The marathon Senate debate reached the crucial number – 41 out of 81 members in favor of impeachment – in the early hours of Thursday after more than 17 hours of debate that will be followed by a vote. The leftist leader will be suspended for up to six months while senators decide her fate.

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