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    Brazil’s Supreme Court President Ricardo Lewandowski has turned down requests of halting impeachment proceedings against suspended President Dilma Rousseff, local media report.

    MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) – The upper house of the Brazilian parliament opened an impeachment trial of Rousseff on Thursday. The extraordinaty session of the Senate was chaired by Lewandowski.

    Rousseff’s defense argued on Thursday that there were certain procedural violations in Rousseff’s case; Lewandowski "welcomed" the requests made by the defense, including on banning one witness from participating in the trial, but did not grant them, Jornal Reporter Diario said on Thursday.

    After all the hearings in the impeachment trial, the senators will move to a vote, the exact date of which remains unknown, according to Lewandowski.

    If two-thirds of the senators, 54 people, vote for the impeachment, Rousseff will be removed from office, otherwise the impeachment will be terminated and she will resume her presidency.

    In May, the upper house of the Brazilian parliament voted 55-22 to start impeachment proceedings against Rousseff after she was accused of concealing the country’s budget deficit ahead of the 2014 election. Rousseff regards the impeachment proceedings as an illegal coup attempt.


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