Brazilian members of Parliament vote to impeach their president

Brazilian members of Parliament vote to impeach their president
Image: YouTube screen grab (via Matias Pasqualotto)

MPs in Brazil have overwhelmingly voted for President Dilma Rousseff to face an impeachment trial.

One by one, hundreds of members of the lower house of Congress announced their decision at a microphone – and the lengthy proceedings were watched by millions of demonstrators across the country.

A total of 342 of the 513 members in the chamber – a two-thirds majority – was needed for the vote to pass.

Ms Rousseff’s Workers’ Party conceded defeat before this threshold was reached, and by the time 342 “Yes” votes had been counted, the pro-impeachment side had a majority of 215 with 38 votes left to be counted.

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