Legislators open a three-day debate in the lower house on whether to recommend President Dilma Rousseff be tried by the Senate for breaking budget laws that opponents say helped her win re-election. Mana Rabiee reports.
Acrimony on the floor of Brazil's lower house of parliament -- as lawmakers start three days of debate before voting on whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff. Rousseff is accused of manipulating the budget to boost public spending and help her win re-election in 2014. Former Justice Minister Miguel Reale Junior helped author the impeachment filing, saying it represents the will of the people. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) FORMER JUSTICE MINISTER, MIGUEL REALE JUNIOR, ONE OF THE AUTHORS OF THE IMPEACHMENT FILING, SAYING: "We are living in a prison, disgusted, surrounded by lies, corruption, untruths, irresponsibility, of power hunger. It is worrisome about what could happen to Brazil and to Brazilians, especially the poorest people." Rousseff denies she broke budget laws and is vowing to fight to the end. But she's deeply unpopular in Brazil, while struggling with the worst economic crisis the country has seen in decades, plus a massive graft scandal that has reached her inner circle … ... including her predecessor and political mentor, 'Lula' da Silva, accused of money laundering. A vote here for impeachment would send the matter to the Senate, to decide whether or not to put Rousseff on trial for breaking budget laws. Rousseff's Workers' Party say they support her, but many in her coalition have defected in recent weeks -- and Rousseff, a former leftist guerilla and Brazil's first woman president, is widely expected to lose Sunday's vote.