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RIO DE JANEIRO – 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.