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The Latest: Vote nears on whether to remove Brazil president

  • A supporter of the Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff holds a sign that reads in Portuguese; "Dilma stay" and "No to the coup" in front the official presidential residence Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Senators debated the fate of Rousseff into the wee hours of Wednesday ahead of a planned vote later in the day on whether to remove Rousseff permanently as leader of Latin America's most populous country. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    A supporter of the Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff holds a sign that reads in Portuguese; "Dilma stay" and "No to the coup" in front the official presidential residence Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Senators debated the fate of Rousseff into the wee hours of Wednesday ahead of a planned vote later in the day on whether to remove Rousseff permanently as leader of Latin America's most populous country. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)  (The Associated Press)

  • Soldiers march in the garden of the official presidential residence Alvorada Palace,  in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Senators debated the fate of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff into the wee hours of Wednesday ahead of a planned vote later in the day on whether to remove Rousseff permanently as leader of Latin America's most populous country. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    Soldiers march in the garden of the official presidential residence Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Senators debated the fate of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff into the wee hours of Wednesday ahead of a planned vote later in the day on whether to remove Rousseff permanently as leader of Latin America's most populous country. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brazil's Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski begins the final session in the impeachment trial of Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff in Senate chambers, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Lewandowski is overseeing the proceedings. He's scheduled to present a summary of the six-day trial before voting begins. If 54 of 81 senators vote in favor, Rousseff will be removed from office. The same body voted 55-22 in May to impeach and suspend Rousseff. The vote is expected later Wednesday. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Brazil's Supreme Court Chief Justice Ricardo Lewandowski begins the final session in the impeachment trial of Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff in Senate chambers, in Brasilia, Brazil, Wednesday, Aug. 31, 2016. Lewandowski is overseeing the proceedings. He's scheduled to present a summary of the six-day trial before voting begins. If 54 of 81 senators vote in favor, Rousseff will be removed from office. The same body voted 55-22 in May to impeach and suspend Rousseff. The vote is expected later Wednesday. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on the impeachment trial of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (all times local):

11:20 a.m.

Brazil's Senate has begun its final session in a trial that will decide the fate of President Dilma Rousseff.

Brazil's first female president, is accused of breaking fiscal responsibility laws in her management of the federal budget. She denies wrongdoing, and frequently points out that previous presidents used similar accounting measures.

Supreme Court Justice Ricardo Lewandowski is overseeing the proceedings. He's scheduled to present a summary of the six-day trial before voting begins.

If 54 of 81 senators vote in favor, Rousseff will be removed from office. The same body voted 55-22 in May to impeach and suspend Rousseff.

The vote is expected later Wednesday.