A special Brazilian Senate committee examining possible removal from office of President Dilma Rousseff has axed plans for an early vote in the case. Committee Chairman Sen. Raimundo Lira said he was re-instating the original calendar for presentation of briefs, debate and a final committee vote. Last week, Lira adopted an accelerated calendar, which could have led to final Senate consideration of the matter in mid-July. By re-instating the original calendar, Lira has guaranteed no vote can take place before early August. Such a vote could coincide with the August start of the Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Lira’s decision last week to accelerate the case led to a storm of criticism from Rousseff supporters and a Supreme Court petition demanding a return to the original calendar. In announcing a retreat from last week’s decision, Lira said the decision was “entirely personal” and motivated by a desire to give Rousseff an unhurried opportunity to present a full defense.
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