In a key legal step, a special Brazilian Senate Committee on Tuesday accepted delivery of a report by one of its members recommending removal from office of suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. The report, authored by Senator Antônio Anastasia, said Rousseff “undermined the constitution” by abusing powers over the federal budget and by interfering in affairs of state-run banks. The committee will vote on the report Thursday. A vote to endorse the report would open the door to full Senate consideration of the evidence against Rousseff. The committee is widely expected to vote its acceptance of the report. A final Senate vote on whether to remove Rousseff is likely for early September. Rousseff was forced into a leave-of-absence by a Chamber of Deputies vote in April. Vice President Michel Temer is now exercising the powers of the presidency. In the event Rousseff is removed from office by the Senate, Temer will become President in his own right, serving out the rest of the current presidential term, which ends in 2018.
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