A special committee of the Brazilian Senate on Friday approved a report recommending an impeachment trial before the full Senate for President Dilma Rousseff. The committee voted 15-5 in favor of a full-dress Senate trial. The Senate will vote on the recommendation next Wednesday. According to press reports, the motion to set a trial is likely to pass. If so, President Rousseff will be obliged to take a leave-of-absence from her duties as chief executive for a period of up to 180 days. The Senate trial will decide whether to remove her permanently from office or allow her to return for the balance of her term, which ends in 2018. Rousseff is accused of manipulating the federal budget and interferring with state-run financial institutions. In the event she goes to trial, Vice President Michel Temer will take over as Acting President.
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