AP Explains: Why Brazilian president faces impeachment

April 15, 2016 5:07 PM

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Rousseff is accused of breaking fiscal laws by shifting around government funds to plug holes. Opposition parties say sleight-of-hand accounting allowed her to boost public spending to shore up support. Rousseff denies any wrongdoing, saying she didn’t do anything that was not common practice in all prior administrations. She further argues that she isn’t being accused of a crime, which should be the basis for any impeachment.

Early this week, a special committee in the Chamber of Deputies voted 38-27 that the impeachment petition had a legal basis, sending it to the full Chamber of Deputies. With Brazil’s corruption scandals in the background, observers noted that 37 of the panel’s members face charges for a wide variety...

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