Brazil’s Senate decided on Monday to move ahead with impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff, just hours after the head of the lower house called for the process to be suspended.
Senate chief Renan Calheiros told the chamber that he wouldn’t recognize lower house interim President Waldir Maranhao’s decision earlier in the day to annul the April 17 impeachment vote in the lower house. The opposition won that vote by a wide margin.
The Senate could start voting as early as Wednesday whether to put Rousseff on trial and temporarily remove her from office on charges of illegally financing the budget deficit. Surveys by Brazil’s leading newspapers show the opposition has the simple majority it needs to win in the 81-seat Senate.