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Majority of Brazilians back snap elections: poll

S - Six out of 10 Brazilians want snap elections to resolve the country's political crisis in which leftist President Dilma Rousseff faces impeachment, a poll released Tuesday said.

Torture-praising politician seizes limelight in Brazil

Rio De Janeiro - The growing popularity of a lawmaker who praises torture and military dictatorship is the latest sign of Brazil slipping into unpredictable -- and some say dangerous -- political territory.

Brazil's impeachment: what happened and what's next?

Bras - With the vote in the lower house of Congress to authorize the Senate to open an impeachment trial against President Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's political crisis enters ever deeper crisis.

Opposition brings down Rousseff, but can it lift Brazil?

Rio De Janeiro - Firing confetti, singing and cheering, Brazilian opposition politicians were in party mood after voting to authorize an impeachment trial of President Dilma Rousseff. But the hangover looks painful.

Brazil's impeachment saga: Six key moments

Bras - The impeachment battle against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been waged in the streets, in Congress and in the courts.

Brazil VP 'accidentally' releases post-impeach speech

Bras - Brazil's vice president -- who would take over if Dilma Rousseff is impeached -- on Monday accidentally released the speech he'd give to the nation if she were forced to stand aside, reports said.

Brazil's impeachment saga: Six key moments

Bras - The impeachment battle against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been waged in the streets, in Congress and in the courts.

Brazil capital ramps up security for impeachment vote

Bras - Workers erected barricades Sunday along Brasilia's Esplanade of Ministries to separate supporters and opponents of President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment, on the eve of a crucial vote on her political fate.

Rousseff seeks allies as Brazil impeachment vote looms

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Tuesday she would not reshuffle her cabinet until after a congressional impeachment vote as she fights for her political survival.

Brazil president mounts final plea against impeachment

Bras - The top attorney for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's government made his last stand Monday against the effort to impeach her, lambasting the case and warning of a stain on democracy.

Brazil's ex-president Cardoso backs Rousseff impeachment

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil's former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso said Sunday he supports impeaching President Dilma Rousseff, calling it the will of the people.

Impeachment looming? Brazil political crisis explained

Rio De Janeiro - Complex corruption scandals have plunged Brazil into political instability, with leftist President Dilma Rousseff facing impeachment proceedings and her iconic predecessor and mentor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva risking jail.

Crowds march against 'coup' targeting Brazil's president

S - Supporters of embattled President Dilma Rousseff marched across Brazil on Wednesday protesting what they say is a "coup" aimed at toppling the leftist leader by impeachment."There will be no coup!

Author of Brazil's last presidential impeachment defends Rousseff

Bras - The lawyer who initiated Brazil's last impeachment of a president, in 1992, on Sunday attacked what he said was the politicized and unfair push to impeach President Dilma Rousseff today.

Impeachment sends Brazil's economy into storm winds

S - Strong winds are forecast for Brazil's already turbulent economy and there's no chance of sunshine before resolution of President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment battle, market observers say.

Rousseff 'calm' amid impeachment fight

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Saturday she was "calm" about defeating an impeachment bid and convinced that a key ally will not desert her, despite reports of cracks in her coalition.

Brazilian president rejects impeachment 'coup'

Bras - A defiant Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday branded impeachment proceedings a "coup" and vowed to fight for her political life by every means possible.

How low can sinking Brazil go?

Rio De Janeiro - Brazil already resembled a sinking ship, and now with impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff, the crew has declared a mutiny against its captain.

Brazil president's allies warn of impeachment 'storm'

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's allies appealed Thursday to the Supreme Court to block impeachment proceedings, warning of a political "storm" in Latin America's biggest country.

Brazil's Rousseff, an ex-guerrilla fighting for political life

Rio De Janeiro - When she was being tortured under Brazil's military dictatorship, Dilma Rousseff could never have imagined becoming the country's first female president.

Brazil president's nemesis wounded but dangerous

S - The key figure in the impeachment process launched against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday is in trouble of his own -- facing allegations of corruption and lying to Congress.

Brazil impeachment: The laws, votes, and popular pressure in play

Rio De Janeiro - The launching of impeachment proceedings Wednesday against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff ends lengthy behind-the-scenes intrigue, but even now the complex legal process could take months, with the outcome far from certain.

Brazil speaker launches impeachment procedure against president

Bras - Brazil's lower house speaker triggered impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday, plunging Latin America's biggest country into its deepest crisis in decades.

New impeachment request filed against Brazil's president

Bras - Brazil's opposition filed a new impeachment petition against President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday, accusing her of illegal accounting practices.

Key Brazil impeachment figure accused of hiding $16 mn

Bras - A key figure in the push to impeach Brazil's president hid nearly $16 million in illegal funds, prosecutors said Friday in a new twist to the political battle gripping Latin America's biggest country.

Rousseff nemesis vows no let-up in Brazil impeachment bid

Bras - The controversial central figure in attempts to impeach Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said Wednesday he will appeal a Supreme Court decision putting the brakes on the opposition's push to unseat her.

Brazil president gets temporary impeachment reprieve

Bras - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff won a temporary reprieve Tuesday from threatened impeachment thanks to a Supreme Court intervention and her principal opponent's decision to hold off for now on opening proceedings.

Brazilian president fights for political life

Rio De Janeiro - President Dilma Rousseff claims to detect a glimmer at the end of the tunnel in Brazil's political crisis, but what she really may be seeing, analysts say, are the headlights of an oncoming train.

Impeaching Rousseff could imperil Brazilian democracy

Rio De Janeiro - Brazilians clamoring for President Dilma Rousseff's overthrow should think twice, analysts say, warning that the trauma of impeachment could undermine 20 years of building democracy in the Latin American giant.

Op-Ed: Why impeaching Obama is impossible but useful for politicians

Very few Americans, even ones who are in his party, are very happy with Obama now. At the same time history has shown that it is tremendously difficult to impeach a president. Many officials have reasons to call for it anyway.
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