The Brazilian Senate voted overwhelmingly early Wednesday to formally consider removal from office of President Dilma Rousseff. The Senate voted 59-21 to hear the case against Rousseff. Both sides of the case will be presented to senators during the rest of August, with a final vote on whether to remove Rousseff from office likely in early September. Rousseff is currently on a forced leave-of-absence. Vice President Michel Temer has taken over her duties on an interim basis. If she is removed from office by the Senate in September, then Temer will become President in his own right, serving until the end of the current term of office in 2018. A two-thirds majority of the 81-member Senate, or 54 votes, is need ed for her removal. According to political risk analysts, Wednesday’s vote, with 59 in favor of proceeding against Rousseff, indicates a high probability of her removal.
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