The Brazilian Senate committee reviewing the case against President Dilma Rousseff will accelerate its work, with a final Senate vote on the chief executive’s fate possible as early as mid-July. Committee Chairman Senator Raimundo Lira on Thursday accepted a motion to shorten the period for preparation of briefs and final arguments. A Senate vote on whether to remove Rousseff from office could come as early as July 12, rather than the early August vote previously expected. Rousseff is currently on a forced leave-of-absence, leaving care of the government in the hands of Acting President Michel Temer. Press reports suggested Temer, and many members of Congress, wish the case to be disposed of before the Rio de Janeiro Olympics, due to kick off August 5. Rousseff is accused of violating budget laws.
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