The Brazilian Senate on Monday elected a 21-member committee to review possible impeachment and removal from office of President Dilma Rousseff. The President is accused of abusing her authority over the federal budget. The Chamber of Deputies earlier this month voted in favor of articles of impeachment. The Senate must now vote on whether to hold a full-scale trial. The committee is likely to deliver its report to the full Senate in early May. If the Senate votes to drop the issue, Rousseff will continue as President until the end of her term in 2018. If the Senate votes to hold a trial, Rousseff will be obliged to take a leave-of-absence for up to 180 days while the trial proceeds.
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