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Impeaching a Brazilian President Is Complicated: a Quick Guide

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Lower house speaker Eduardo Cunha on Dec. 2 accepted a request to start impeachment proceedings against Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff. Backed by leading opposition parties, the petition alleges she doctored fiscal accounts this year and last, and illegally financed her re-election. The president denies wrongdoing and her allies are challenging the proceedings before the Supreme Court.

Cunha’s decision sets in motion a protracted process that involves several votes in Congress and potentially results in Rousseff’s removal from office. This is what it may look like: