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Brazil congressional commission to vote on impeachment

  • Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff speaks during a Women in Defense of Democracy Meeting, at the Planalto Presidential Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, April 7, 2016. The women representing social movements and trade unions, and are against Rousseff's removal from office, gathered to show her their support. The special investigator for a congressional commission recommended Wednesday that the impeachment process against Rousseff move forward, saying there is evidence she violated fiscal laws. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff speaks during a Women in Defense of Democracy Meeting, at the Planalto Presidential Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, April 7, 2016. The women representing social movements and trade unions, and are against Rousseff's removal from office, gathered to show her their support. The special investigator for a congressional commission recommended Wednesday that the impeachment process against Rousseff move forward, saying there is evidence she violated fiscal laws. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

  • A demonstrator puts up cut out photos depicting Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, left, and former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during protest in favor of Rousseff's impeachment, in front of the National Congress, in Brasilia, Brazil , Monday, April 11, 2016.  Efforts to remove President Rousseff are advancing as a congressional commission meets to decide whether it should recommend impeachment to the full lower house of Congress. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    A demonstrator puts up cut out photos depicting Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, left, and former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during protest in favor of Rousseff's impeachment, in front of the National Congress, in Brasilia, Brazil , Monday, April 11, 2016. Efforts to remove President Rousseff are advancing as a congressional commission meets to decide whether it should recommend impeachment to the full lower house of Congress. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

  • A truck carries large sign with cut out images depicting Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and Workers Party treasurer Delubio Soares, on the roof of a triplex apartment located in Guaruja beach and property of Lula da Silva, during protest in favor of impeachment of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, in front of the National Congress, in Brasilia, Brazil , Monday, April 11, 2016.  The sign reads in Portuguese "This triplex payed by you!" Efforts to remove Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff are advancing as a congressional commission meets to decide whether it should recommend impeachment to the full lower house of Congress. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    A truck carries large sign with cut out images depicting Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and Workers Party treasurer Delubio Soares, on the roof of a triplex apartment located in Guaruja beach and property of Lula da Silva, during protest in favor of impeachment of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, in front of the National Congress, in Brasilia, Brazil , Monday, April 11, 2016. The sign reads in Portuguese "This triplex payed by you!" Efforts to remove Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff are advancing as a congressional commission meets to decide whether it should recommend impeachment to the full lower house of Congress. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

Efforts to remove Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff are advancing as a congressional commission meets to decide whether it should recommend impeachment to the full lower house of Congress.

The 65-member commission is widely expected to vote in favor of impeachment on allegations Rousseff violated fiscal laws. A vote is likely today or early Tuesday.

Whatever the outcome, the measure will go to the full lower house. That vote is widely expected at the end of this week.

It's not clear if opponents will get the 342 votes in the 513-member Congress needed to back impeachment. If the measure passes the lower house, it goes to the Senate, which would decide whether to begin impeachment. If that happens, she'd be suspended from office during the trial.