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Brazil president faces fading chances to maintain power

Published:Tuesday | April 19, 2016 | 4:00 AM
President of Brazil Dilma Rousseff.

BRASILIA (AP):

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff yesterday appeared on the verge of losing office after a congressional vote to impeach her and with seemingly slipping support in the Senate, which would vote on whether to remove the leftist leader amid a national political and economic crisis.

The 367-137 Lower House vote in favour of impeachment on Sunday sends the issue to the Senate. If a majority there votes to put Rousseff on trial, she would be suspended while vice-president Michel Temer temporarily takes over. The exact date of the Senate vote is not known, but it is widely expected by the middle of next month.

Local news media report that 45 of the 81 senators have said they would vote to hold the impeachment trial.