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The speaker of Brazil s lower house of Congress
has opened impeachment proceedings against Pres-
ident Dilma Rousseff.
The process is based on allegations Ms Rousseff
broke the law in managing last year s budget, Eduardo
Despite re-election last year, her popularity has
slumped amid a corruption scandal involving the
state-owned oil giant, Petrobras.
"I was outraged by the decision," said
Ms Rousseff in a televised speech.
"I haven t committed any wrongful
act," she added.
Ms Rousseff, who earlier called an
emergency cabinet meeting, said she was
confident that the impeachment motion
would be rejected.
Two-thirds of the lower house must
approve the process for it to proceed.
The governing coalition has a majority
in the lower
last year s
Neves, has tweeted that
he supports the
"Everyone in the
country must obey the
law, especially the pres-
ident," he wrote.
Mr Cunha is himself
facing corruption alle-
gations, which he
He has been accused
of lying about a secret
bank account in Switzerland. An ethics committee
is voting on whether to authorise action to eject him
from his post of speaker.
Mr Cunha had been threatening to open impeach-
ment proceedings if the governing party did not offer
him backing, says the BBC s Julia Carneiro in Rio de
His decision was "purely technical", he said.
"It was a difficult decision. I did not become
speaker of the Chamber of Deputies aiming to approve
impeachment proceedings against the president,"
said Mr Cunha.
The impeachment request had been filed by a dis-
tinguished jurist, Helio Bicudo, and some opposition
The document blames the government for the cor-
ruption scandal at Petrobras and says Ms
Rousseff violated Brazil s fiscal responsi-
In October an audit court ruled that
Ms Rousseff had borrowed money illegally
from state banks to make up for budget
On Tuesday, the economy minister
announced that Brazil s economy shrank
by 1.7 per cent in the third quarter of the year com-
pared with the second quarter, deepening the country s
worst recession in 25 years.
Compared with a year ago, the economy is 4.5 per
The corruption scandal at Petrobras was partly to
blame for the downturn, said Economy Minister
It led to drop in foreign investment over the past
year, he said.
LONDON---British lawmakers voted by a wide
margin yesterday to join the international campaign
of airstrikes against the Islamic State group in
Syria, after Prime Minister David Cameron asserted
that bombing the "medieval monsters" in their
heartland would make Britain safer.
The 397-223 vote in the House of Commons
means Royal Air Force fighter jets---already operating
against IS in Iraq from a base in Cyprus---could be
flying over Syria within hours. Foreign Secretary
Philip Hammond told Channel 4 news that the
strikes would begin "very quickly...probably not
tonight but it could be tomorrow night."
Anti-war protesters outside Parliament booed as
they learned the result of the vote. The decision
came after an emotional ten-and-a-half-hour debate
in which Cameron said that Britain must strike the
militants in their heartland and not "sit back and
wait for them to attack us."
Opponents argued that Britain s entry into Syria s
crowded airspace would make little difference, and
said Cameron s military plan was based on wishful
thinking that overlooked the messy reality of the
Syrian civil war.
Cameron has long wanted to target IS in Syria,
but had been unsure of getting majority support in
the House of Commons until now. He suffered an
embarrassing defeat in 2013 when lawmakers rejected
a motion backing attacks on the forces of Syrian
President Bashar Assad.
The mood has changed following the November
13 Paris attacks, claimed by IS, that killed 130 people.
Both France and the US have urged Britain to join
their air campaign in Syria, and
Cameron said Britain should not let
its allies down.
He said Britain was already a top
target for IS attacks, and airstrikes
would reduce the group s ability to
plan more Paris-style carnage.
"Do we work with our allies to degrade and destroy
this threat and do we go after these terrorists in their
heartlands, from where they are plotting to kill British
people?" he said. "Or do we sit back and wait for
them to attack us?" (AP)
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