In another stunning move, the Speaker of Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies on Tuesday reversed his own earlier decision and removed obstacles to the swift impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. In a four-line note, Speaker Waldir Maranhão revoked his own decision, taken Monday, to stall the congressional drive toward impeachment. In Tuesday’s note, Maranhão lifted objections to a swift impeachment vote in the Senate. The Senate is due to vote Wednesday and is expected to impeach the President. That action will result in a Senate trial and a 180-day leave-of-absence for Rousseff. The congressional maneuvers came as anti-impeachment fervor came to a boil in 11 states. Pro-Rousseff protestors blocked highways and major urban arteries early Tuesday, in some cases burning tires and trash to create huge rush-hour traffic jams. Worst hit were large population cities such as São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
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