Thousands protest in Brazil to support sacked president Dilma Rousseff
Sep05

Thousands protest in Brazil to support sacked president Dilma Rousseff

Tens of thousands took to Brazilian streets Sunday to support sacked leader Dilma Rousseff and protest the new government of Michel Temer, who has taken power and downplayed the protests. Demonstration organisers, who have rejected Temer’s ascendancy as a “coup”, said some 100,000 protestors filled the major artery Paulista Avenue, many holding banners that read “Out with Temer!” and “Direct...

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Brazil Senate braces for Rousseff impeachment vote
Aug31

Brazil Senate braces for Rousseff impeachment vote

Brazil’s Senate was due to vote Wednesday on whether to strip Dilma Rousseff of the presidency in a traumatic impeachment trial set to end 13 years of leftist rule over Latin America’s biggest country. Senators loyal to Brazil’s first female president debated into the night Tuesday in a final attempt to halt the apparently unstoppable momentum toward her dismissal. Despite the impassioned speeches, which followed 14...

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Brazil Senate votes for Rousseff impeachment trial
Aug10

Brazil Senate votes for Rousseff impeachment trial

The Brazilian Senate has voted to hold an impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff, who is accused of breaking the budget law. The senate voted 59 to 21 in favour of going ahead with the trial against Ms Rousseff following a marathon debate that ended early on Wednesday. The Senate suspended Ms Rousseff in May over alleged illegal accounting practices. She says they were common practice under previous administrations....

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Brazil’s Rousseff calls for referendum on early elections
Jun10

Brazil’s Rousseff calls for referendum on early elections

Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff is calling for a referendum on whether to hold early elections if she survives removal from office in an impeachment trial that is expected to conclude in August. “We must consult the population to rebuild a constitutional pact that was broken by the impeachment process,” Rousseff said in an interview aired on Thursday night by the government television channel TV Brasil....

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Rousseff denies using Petrobras funds to cover personal expenses
Jun04

Rousseff denies using Petrobras funds to cover personal expenses

The suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday categorically rejected allegations that some of the funds embezzled by the Petrobras corruption ring were used to pay for her personal expenses. None of Rousseff’s personal costs “were paid through illegal schemes or through corruption,” Rousseff’s office said in a press release. “Once again, there is an attempt to impugn the president’s...

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