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Inquiry Could Upend Brazil's Government

Still, the odds are in President Rousseff's favor.
Hanging in.

Hanging in.

Photographer: Maksim Blinov/Host Photo Agency/Ria Novosti via Getty Images

Say the word "impeachment" in Brazil, and you're sure to get an earful. Supporters of embattled President Dilma Rousseff charge that ousting the popularly elected leader would be coup d'etat, and pundits warn of yet another tender Latin American democracy succumbing to turmoil.

With nationwide anti-government protests set for Aug. 16, the conversation is going to get uglier. That bodes ill for the political entente that the suddenly conciliatory Rousseff has embraced to rescue her economic stabilization plan and end the cold war with congress.