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Brazilians rally to demand president's impeachment

Published 13/12/2015 | 16:51

Opponents claim Dilma Rousseff's administration broke fiscal laws by using state-run banks to fill budget gaps
Opponents claim Dilma Rousseff's administration broke fiscal laws by using state-run banks to fill budget gaps

Dozens of cities across Brazil are staging protests asking Congress to impeach President Dilma Rousseff.

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Hundreds gathered in cities such as Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo wearing Brazil's national football jersey and holding banners that criticise the president and her Workers' Party for a massive corruption scandal at the state-run oil company.

The demonstrations were organised by the same right-leaning groups that produced massive turnouts earlier this year to demand Ms Rousseff's impeachment.

Proceedings began earlier this month headed by Lower House speaker Eduardo Cunha, who says Ms Rousseff's administration broke fiscal laws by using state-run banks to fill budget gaps.

The Supreme Court suspended the discussion temporarily while it reviewed how Congress formed the commission to debate the measure.

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