Brazil president Rousseff faces impeachment over creative accounting
May 12, Brasilia: Brazil's Senate is debating whether President Dilma Rousseff should face a full impeachment trial. If a simple majority votes in favour, as is expected, Rousseff will be automatically suspended from office, reports said.
The proceedings against Rousseff are based on accusations that she broke fiscal laws in 2015 to hide budget problems. The main allegation is that her administration delayed moving treasury funds to state-owned banks to pay for government programs.
Rousseff made a last-ditch appeal to the Supreme Court to stop proceedings, but the move was rejected.
The case against her cites only irregular accounting maneuvers done in 2015, which was the first year of her second term, because Brazil's constitution says a president can be impeached only for wrongful acts in the current term.
The Oslo Times