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Brazil Senate Indicts President Dilma Rousseff, Opens Impeachment Trial

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    In this file photo, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff arrives at a press conference, Dec. 2, 2015.

    Brazil's Senate voted early Wednesday to indict President Dilma Rousseff on charges of breaking budget laws and put her on trial in an impeachment process that has stalled Brazilian politics since January.

    A conviction would definitively remove Rousseff from office, ending 13 years of leftist rule by her Workers Party, and confirm that interim President Michel Temer will serve out the rest of her term through 2018.

    Rousseff's opponents needed only a simple majority in the 81-seat Senate to put her on trial for manipulating government accounts and spending without congressional approval, which they say helped her win re-election in 2014.

    A verdict is expected at the end of the month.