Brazilian Senate confirms Rousseff impeachment vote after Rio Olympics

The Brazilian Senate announced that the final impeachment vote for suspended President Dilma Rousseff will take place from August 25 to 27, after the end of the Rio Olympics.

The decision was taken by the Senate President Renan Calheiros on Thursday.

Rousseff is set to testify before the Senate’s impeachment committee on July 6, Xinhua news agency reported.

There were concerns over the date of the final vote, since senators in favour of the impeachment opted for a date before the Olympics.

However, Rousseff’s defence team is going to call on 40 witnesses, requiring more time.

Both presidents, Rousseff and her interim successor Michel Temer, may seek to take part in the Olympic Games’ opening ceremony on August 5.

In an interview on Wednesday, Rousseff said she was still expecting an invitation by the International Olympic Committee to participate in the opening ceremony.

Rousseff was temporarily suspended from the presidency on May 11, pending an impeachment trial in the Senate on charges of alleged fiscal irregularities.

The Olympics are slated to take place from August 5 to 21.

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