Brazil’s Senate will move ahead with a scheduled Wednesday vote on impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff despite moves Monday by the Chamber of Deputies to stall the process. Senate President Renan Calheiros said the Senate will maintain its current calendar, which calls for a Wednesday impeachment vote. Earlier Monday, the new Chamber of Deputies Speaker, Waldir Maranhão, declared an April impeachment vote by the Chamber “null and void,” saying the impeachment process would have to return to the Chamber and begin again “from square one.” Maranhão cited alleged irregularities in the April voting. Calheiros reacted to the move Monday evening, saying the Senate considers Maranhão’s decision out of order and, therefore, irrelevant.
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