Brazil’s Impeachment Showdown Is Unfolding Unlike Any Other

More than a year after Brazilians began calling on Congress to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, consensus has built around the need to move forward. But agreement ends there. Her Workers’ Party wants to beat back those hoping to take away their election-day victory; her opponents are trying to oust her. The clash, due in the coming days, has brought security forces into the streets and could push the nation beyond stalemate — or paralyze it further.

The result of the vote remains unpredictable because the forces lined up against Rousseff, including business, media and Facebook groups, are largely fragmented while those backing her are entrenched with a strong base but weakened by an assault in the courts and on the streets.

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