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Brazil's President Should Be Impeached, Committee Recommends

President Dilma Rousseff is under fire over allegations that she manipulated government funds.

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A congressional committee voted in favor of impeaching Brazil's president Dilma Rousseff.


The vote is seen as a measure of Congress's support for the impeachment process, which would need a two-thirds majority to send the issue to the Senate. The Senate would have the power to immediately suspend Rousseff, place her on trial, and remove her from office.

But Rousseff and her supporters are not going down without a fight. Attorney General José Eduardo Cardozo described the process as "flawed" and said it would be "absurd to dismiss a president who has not committed crimes."


An initially small investigation into money laundering in 2014 uncovered information showing a number of companies and petroleum executives at Petrobras — which is 51% owned by the government — had colluded in order to charge over the odds and line their own pockets with kickbacks.

Last year, Brazil's Supreme Court announced last year it was investigating 34 politicians suspected of involvement in the scheme. Dozens have already been arrested.

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Rose Troup Buchanan is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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