A report released today by a special Brazilian Senate committee recommends a full Senate trial for President Dilma Rousseff. A trial could result in removal of Rousseff from office. The report was prepared for the committee by one of its members, opposition Senator Antônio Anastasia. In the report, Anastasia argues there is “ample ground” to believe Rousseff abused her powers over the federal budget and over state-run banks. The full 21-member committee is slated to vote on the report Friday. Press reports indicate the committee will likely endorse the report, sending it to the full Senate for a vote next week. In the event a majority of the 81-member Senate votes in favor of a trial, President Rousseff will be obliged to take a leave-of-absence from her duties as chief executive for a period of up to 180 days.
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