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President Rousseff’s impeachment trial started in Brazil

President Rousseff’s impeachment trial started in BrazilSenate in Brazil has started the impeachment trial over President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday, which is expected to end next week with her removal from office.

Rousseff, Brazil's first female president, faces charges over spending without congressional approval and manipulating government accounts in a try to hide Brazil's growing deficit.

The trial is led by Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski. On its Thursday session witnesses for and against were heard.

Rousseff herself will appear before the 81 senators on Monday to defend. Her opponents are confident they have more than the 54 votes needed to convict her.

The final vote over her removal is expecting on late Tuesday or in the early hours of Wednesday. If she dismissed, her vice president, Michel Temer, will become Brazil's new leader for the rest of her four-year term through 2018.

O Globo newspaper on Thursday published a survey that showed 52 senators were for Rousseff guilty, with only 19 supporting her and 10 undecided or not polled.

Rousseff, denying any wrongdoing, said the accounting practices she is judging for were also commonly used by previous parliament.
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