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    Brazil's Lower House Committee Approves Rousseff Impeachment

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    A special committee in Brazil's parliament has approved the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, local media reports.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — A lower house committee tasked with evaluating a report recommending to put Rousseff on trial for impeachment in the Brazilian parliament's upper house has voted in favor of the move by 38 votes to 27, the TeleSUR broadcaster reported on Monday.

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    The lower house (Chamber of Deputies) is now set to vote on the president's impeachment, which is the last stage before the matter is taken to the Federal Senate.

    Rousseff has been facing a wave of public discontent for more than a year over Brazil’s struggling economy and a major corruption scandal in the state-owned Petrobras petroleum company. Lower house lawmakers approved of impeachment procedures against Rousseff early last December.

    In late March, the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party left the governing coalition, leaving the president with even less allies.

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