Brazil Starts Impeachment Trial That May Hold Key to Recovery


Brazil’s Senate opens an historic impeachment trial on Thursday that is expected to result in President Dilma Rousseff’s permanent ouster and give her successor Michel Temer some of the legitimacy he needs to revive economic growth.

The trial is scheduled to finish with a vote Tuesday or Wednesday next week on charges that Rousseff illegally financed government spending. The chamber’s 81 legislators need 54 votes to end her mandate and ban her from public office for eight years. Rousseff will have a final chance to defend her presidency on Monday when she takes the stand, though she’s not expected to sway enough lawmakers to save her job.

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