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>> Brazil's Senate on Wednesday expected to vote to put President Dilma Rousseff on trial for breaking budget laws. Amid expectations, she will become the country's first leader in more than two decades to be removed from office. The Senate session now underway in Brazil's capital with the final vote expected Wednesday night.
If opponents garner a simple majority, Brazil's first female leader is expected to leave the Presidential Palace Thursday and remain suspended for up to six months during the trial with Vice President Michel Temer taking charge. Anti impeachment protesters blocked roads with burning tires around Brasilia and other cities Wednesday with Rousseff's worker's party and labor unions calling for a national strike.
Rousseff herself has vowed to fight the process until the last minute, her government appealing to the Supreme Court on Tuesday. Brazil is struggling with the worst recession since the 1930s and the country's biggest ever corruption scandal, a kickback scheme at state run oil company Petrobas. The crisis comes as Brazil plans to host the Olympic Games at Rio de Janeiro in August.