Brazilian senate approves impeachment trial of Rousseff

The Brazilian Senate has accorded the go-ahead to an impeachment trial against suspended President Dilma Rousseff.

At the end of a lengthy session on Tuesday that lasted over 15 hours, senators voted 59 to 21 to approve the trial, surpassing the 41 votes needed for the trial to commence, Xinhua news agency reported.

Rousseff was accused of committing fiscal fraud while trying to balance the 2014 budget. She has not yet made any comments on the Senate’s decision.

According to earlier reports, the impeachment trial is expected to take place in late August or early September.

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