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Defense witnesses to testify in trial of Brazil's president

  • The domes of the the National Congress building, designed by the late Brazilian Oscar Niemeyer, are illuminated as the sun rises on the first day of the impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Brazil's Senate on Thursday began deliberating whether to permanently remove Rousseff from office, the final step in a leadership fight that has paralyzed Congress and cast a pall over a nation in the midst of a severe recession. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    The domes of the the National Congress building, designed by the late Brazilian Oscar Niemeyer, are illuminated as the sun rises on the first day of the impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016. Brazil's Senate on Thursday began deliberating whether to permanently remove Rousseff from office, the final step in a leadership fight that has paralyzed Congress and cast a pall over a nation in the midst of a severe recession. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

  • El Senado de Brasil inicia deliberaciones sobre si debe sacar del cargo permanentemente a la presidenta Dilma Rousseff, en Brasilia, el jueves 25 de agosto de 2016. La primera mujer presidenta de Brasil está acusada de realizar maiobras fsicales para ocultar déficits. (AP Foto/Eraldo Peres)

    El Senado de Brasil inicia deliberaciones sobre si debe sacar del cargo permanentemente a la presidenta Dilma Rousseff, en Brasilia, el jueves 25 de agosto de 2016. La primera mujer presidenta de Brasil está acusada de realizar maiobras fsicales para ocultar déficits. (AP Foto/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

  • Lawyer Janaina Paschoal, sitting, talks with senators who support the impeachment of suspended President Dilma Rousseff, during the impeachment trial in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The second day of the trial turned into a yelling match and was temporarily suspended on Friday after the head of Senate declared "stupidity is endless" and sharply criticized a colleague who had questioned the body's moral authority. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Lawyer Janaina Paschoal, sitting, talks with senators who support the impeachment of suspended President Dilma Rousseff, during the impeachment trial in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 26, 2016. The second day of the trial turned into a yelling match and was temporarily suspended on Friday after the head of Senate declared "stupidity is endless" and sharply criticized a colleague who had questioned the body's moral authority. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

Senators in Brazil have begun a second day of deliberations in the trial of President Dilma Rousseff.

Rousseff, in the middle of her second term, is accused of breaking fiscal rules in her management of the federal budget. She denies wrongdoing and argues that her enemies are carrying out a "coup d'etat."

Witnesses for Rousseff's defense are expected to testify Friday.

Several days of debate, including an address by Rousseff on Monday, will culminate in a vote on whether to permanently remove her from office.

The Senate voted in May to impeach and suspend her for up to 180 days while the trial could be prepared.

Vice President Michel Temer took over in May. If Rousseff is removed, Temer will serve the rest of her term through 2018.