Rousseff Fails to Sway Senate in Trial for Political Life

Dilma Rousseff’s plea against the impeachment process that she likens to a political “death sentence” failed to sway senators, with lawmakers on both sides of the aisle expecting the Brazilian president’s permanent ouster this week.

In her first appearance in Congress since proceedings started in December 2015, Rousseff on Monday cited minutia of budget laws, recalled her fight against the dictatorship and took questions from more than 40 senators in a session that ran about 14 hours. Supporters said she made a solid case for her defense, though critics countered it won’t matter when it comes to the final vote on Tuesday or Wednesday.

“Dilma is defending herself with a lot of dignity and intelligence, but the senators came here with their minds made up,” said Senator Regina Sousa of Rousseff’s Workers’ Party. “It’s very difficult to turn around the vote.”

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