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Speaker Annuls Vote to Impeach Brazilian Leader

Newspaper article International New York Times

Speaker Annuls Vote to Impeach Brazilian Leader

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Politicians scrambled to determine how the decision by the new speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress might affect the president's fate.

The new speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress on Monday annulled the vote to impeach President Dilma Rousseff, creating greater tumult amid the power struggle gripping Latin America's largest country.

Waldir Maranhao, an obscure lawmaker who took the helm of the Chamber of Deputies last week after the Supreme Court ordered his predecessor to step down to face a graft trial, stunned the country with the move just two days before the Senate is preparing to vote on whether to remove Ms. Rousseff from office and put her on trial.

Ms. Rousseff is facing accusations that she borrowed money from state banks to plug budget holes, masking the depths of Brazil's economic troubles to bolster her re-election prospects. …

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