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Brazil's Senate sends Rousseff to trial

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>> A stunning fall from grace for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. The country's senate voting to send her to trial for breaking budget laws. The first step in permanently removing her from office. The embattled leader, playing spoiler for her successor, now Vice President Michel Temer. Who will take the reigns Thursday morning.
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Reuters Anthony Boadle reports from the capital Brasilia.>> She plans to dismiss all her cabinet. Is what we're hearing from a presidential source. And that she's given instructions that there be no easy transition to interim government because she considers her impeachment illegal. This will force Temer to hit the ground running.
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For instance, the dismissals would include the Central Bank Governor, Alexandre Tombini. And Temer's, a spokesman for Temer said that Temer was not planning to replace the Central Bank governor until after the next interest rate setting meeting on June 8th. So this would create problems for him.>> Brazil is struggling with its worst recession since the 1930s and the country's biggest ever corruption scandal, a kickback scheme at state-run oil company, Petrobras.
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Earlier Wednesday, the country's Supreme Court rejected a request by Rousseff's government to halt the impeachment proceedings, calling it legally implausible. The senate's vote will remove her from office for up to six months while her trial proceeds. If she's convicted, Temer will take over until the 2018 elections.