A congressional committee in Brazil has voted to recommend the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. Yiming Woo reports.
By a vote 38 to 27, committee members of Brazil's lower house of Congress decides to recommend the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. She faces charges of breaking budget laws to support her re-election in 2014. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) DEPUTY OF THE PSDB (SOCIAL DEMOCRACY) PARTY, IN FAVOUR OF IMPEACHMENT, ABI-ACKEL, SAYING: "Brazil is in a grave economic situation. The country is stalled. The president of the Republic's seat is empty. For this reason, the Social Democracy Party votes yes to impeachment." Rousseff has denied any wrongdoing, but the political storm, fueled by Brazil's worst recession in decades, has made her lose allies in Congress. Political watchers say this committee vote could have a snowball effect. A vote in the full lower house will take place on Sunday, and if two-thirds vote in favour, the case will be sent to the Senate. Rousseff will be suspended immediately for up to six months if the upper house majority decides to put her on trial. She would be the first Brazillian president to be impeached since 1992 -- and won't be able to run for elected office for eight years.