Brazil Committee Votes for Rousseff Final Impeachment Trial

  • Report accusing Rousseff of maneuver passed by 14 votes to 5
  • Senate floor is scheduled to vote to accept the case on Aug. 9

Brazil’s Senate impeachment committee recommended putting suspended President Dilma Rousseff on trial for illegal financial transactions, paving the way for her permanent ouster within a month.

A report by Senator Antonio Anastasia accused Rousseff of taking credits without congressional authorization and through state banks, violating the Constitution. The report was approved by 14 senators in favor and 5 against. It now goes to the floor of the Senate for an Aug. 9 vote.

Acting president Michel Temer has fanned investor confidence with pledges to rein in a near-record budget deficit and adopt more market-friendly policies to pull Latin America’s largest economy out of its deepest recession in decades. Yet he requires Rousseff’s permanent ouster to gain more legitimacy for controversial measures that include cutting pension pay and deregulating labor laws.

If the Senate plenary approves Anastasia’s report with at least a simple majority, Rousseff’s final trial would be set for late August or early September.

Temer is keen to have the impeachment process wrap up this month, ahead of the G-20 leaders summit in China on Sept. 4-5. "The world needs to know who the president of Brazil is," he said last week. Senate President Renan Calheiros said the final trial could start on Aug. 25 or 26.

Rousseff is permanently removed from office if at least 54 of the 81 senators vote against her.

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