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Brazil Senate committee votes to put president on trial

A Senate impeachment committee voted on Thursday to put suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on trial in the full chamber for breaking budget laws, opening the way for her to be removed from office.

Dilma Rousseff alleged to have manipulated government accounts ahead of 2014 re-election

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, seen here in 2013, faces trial for breaking budget laws, opening the way for her to be removed from office. (Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters)

A Senate impeachment committee voted on Thursday to put suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on trial in the full chamber for breaking budget laws, opening the way for her to be removed from office.

The 21-member committee voted 14-5 to try Rousseff for allegedly manipulating government accounts to allow more public spending in the run-up to her 2014 re-election. The Senate will vote next Tuesday whether to accept the charges and begin the trial that should reach a verdict at the end of the month. 

Rousseff was suspended from office for 180 days in May by a Senate vote, with Michel Temer taking over as acting president. 

The scandal is among the numerous problems — including the Zika virus, deep budgets cuts, severe water pollution, slow ticket sales and rising fears around security — plaguing Brazil in the run-up to the Olympic Games, which get underway on Friday.

With files from The Associated Press

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