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Reports: Rapporteur recommends impeachment of Brazil pres.

  • Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff gives a press conference after touring a new military transport aircraft, developed by the Brazilian aerospace manufacturer Embraer, at an air base of the Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Brazil's embattled president has ruled out any Cabinet reshuffle ahead of a congressional vote on impeachment proceedings against her, expected later this month. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff gives a press conference after touring a new military transport aircraft, developed by the Brazilian aerospace manufacturer Embraer, at an air base of the Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, April 5, 2016. Brazil's embattled president has ruled out any Cabinet reshuffle ahead of a congressional vote on impeachment proceedings against her, expected later this month. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rapporteur of impeachment, Deputy Jovair Arantes, presents his report to the Special Commission of the Chamber of Deputies that analyzes the impeachment process against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Arantes recommended that the impeachment process against President Rousseff move forward. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Rapporteur of impeachment, Deputy Jovair Arantes, presents his report to the Special Commission of the Chamber of Deputies that analyzes the impeachment process against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Arantes recommended that the impeachment process against President Rousseff move forward. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

  • Rapporteur of impeachment, Deputy Jovair Arantes, presents his report to the Special Commission of the Chamber of Deputies that analyzes the impeachment process against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Arantes recommended that the impeachment process against President Rousseff move forward. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Rapporteur of impeachment, Deputy Jovair Arantes, presents his report to the Special Commission of the Chamber of Deputies that analyzes the impeachment process against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, April 6, 2016. Arantes recommended that the impeachment process against President Rousseff move forward. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

Brazilian news reports say the rapporteur of an impeachment commission in the lower house of Congress will recommend that Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff be impeached.

The Folha de S. Paulo newspaper says Jovair Arantes makes the recommendation in his nearly 200-page report, which he's expected to present before the 65-member commission on Wednesday.

Rousseff is facing impeachment over allegations she violated fiscal laws. She vehemently denies having committed any crime and says attempts to oust her amount to a coup.

The commission is slated to vote on whether to adopt the commission's recommendations early next week.

The whole lower house is expected to vote later this month on whether to continue with impeachment proceedings.

If two-thirds of the 513 legislators vote for impeachment, the proceedings move forward in the Senate.