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Rousseff Allies to Vote in 30 Days on Fate of Brazil Coalition

  • PMDB says options include leaving the governing alliance
  • Vice President Temer would take over if president is impeached

President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil could lose the support of the biggest party in her ruling coalition when the leadership of the Democratic Movement Party votes next month on its relationship with the government.

The motion discussed in the PMDB’s national convention Saturday sets a deadline of 30 days for the party to re-evaluate its alliance with Rousseff’s unpopular administration, including the option to leave the coalition and step down from six ministries. Under another proposal, the party would retain its ministries but allow its legislators to vote as they wish, including in favor of impeachment.