The fate of Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s suspended leftist leader, is set to be determined by the country’s Senate from August 25 – just days after the Closing Ceremony for the Rio Olympic Games.
The Senate voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to indict Rousseff on charges of breaking budget laws and to begin an impeachment trial expected to oust her from the Presidency.
She denies wrongdoing, denouncing the process as a right-wing conspiracy.
Brazil's Senate voted to move ahead with Dilma Rousseff's impeachment trial https://t.co/12lrVM8v2p— The New York Times (@nytimes) 10 août 2016
Rousseff’s supporters have taken to the streets to defend the first woman to lead Brazil and demand the removal of conservative interim President Michel Temer.
Adding to the chaos, amid Brazil’s worst recession in decades, unions plan nationwide protests next week against government plans to cut pensions and workers’ benefits.