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Brazil Senate braces for Rousseff impeachment vote BRASÍLIA: Brazil's Senate was to vote Wednesday on stripping Dilma Rousseff of the presidency in a traumatic impeachment trial set to end 13 years of leftist rule over Latin America's biggest country.Senators loyal to Brazil's first female president debated into the night Tuesday in a final attempt to halt the apparently unstoppable momentum toward her dismissal.Despite the impassioned speeches, which followed 14 hours of testimony by 68-year-old Rousseff herself on Monday, her fate was apparently sealed.Rousseff, from the leftist Workers' Party, is accused of taking illegal state loans to patch budget holes in 2014, masking the country's problems as it slid into its deepest recession in decades.She told the Senate that she is innocent, saying the impeachment trial amounts to a right-wing coup d'etat.However, huge street demonstrations over the last year have reflected nationwide anger at her management of a country suffering double-digit unemployment and inflation.Two thirds of the Senate ...

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Brazil's Temer denies plan to privatize subsalt oil, raise retirement age SAO PAULO: The office of interim President Michel Temer denied any plans to privatize Brazil's oil reserves in an offshore region known as the subsalt, rebutting what it called "false accusations" made by suspended President Dilma Rousseff during her trial in the Senate on Monday. A statement from Temer's office also said the government was not discussing an increase in the minimum retirement age to 70 or 75. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Brazil's Rousseff says democracy at stake in Senate trial BRASILIA: A defiant President Dilma Rousseff warned Brazilians on Monday that her conservative opponents were trampling on democracy by using trumped-up charges to oust her and roll back the social advances of the past 13 years. The leftist leader, appearing before the Senate in a trial expected to remove her from office this week, said Brazil's economic elite had sought to destabilize her government since her narrow re-election to a second four-year term in 2014. ...

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Rousseff arrives in Senate for impeachment showdown BRASÍLIA: Suspended president Dilma Rousseff arrived Monday at Brazil's Senate for a dramatic finale to an impeachment trial likely ending 13 years of leftist rule in Latin America's biggest country.Rousseff, 68, was greeted by cheering supporters as she arrived in the Senate to testify for the first time in her defence, just hours before senators were to start voting on her fate."Dilma, warrior of the Brazilian homeland!" the crowd of supporters shouted.Rousseff is accused of ...

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Brazil's Dilma Rousseff takes stand in impeachment trial BRASILIA: Suspended President Dilma Rousseff will make a last stand in Brazil's Senate on Monday in an impeachment trial that is widely expected to remove her from office and end more than a decade of leftist rule by her Workers Party.Rousseff, who is being impeached on charges of breaking budget laws, has denied wrongdoing and denounced the nine-month impeachment process that has paralyzed Brazilian politics as a conspiracy to overthrow her and roll back policies ...

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Brazil's Rousseff broke no laws, impeachment trial hears BRASÍLIA: Suspended Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff's former economy minister testified Saturday that Rousseff did not break any laws justifying impeachment, as her trial closed in on next week's climax.Rousseff, 68, is accused of taking illegal state loans to help bridge budget shortfalls and mask the true state of the economy during her 2014 reelection campaign.The one-time Marxist guerrilla, who was imprisoned and tortured under Brazil's military dictatorship in the 1970s, says the charges are trumped ...

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Rousseff allies fight impeachment in Brazil turmoil BRASÍLIA: Angry quarrels erupted at suspended Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff's impeachment trial Friday, while her key ally, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, faced corruption charges on a day of turmoil for Latin America's largest country.Day two of Rousseff's Senate trial in the capital Brasilia began with shouting matches that forced Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski to put the session temporarily on hold until tempers calmed.Senate President Renan Calheiros called the row, prompted by a ...