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Brazilian President suspended from office, to face arraignment trial

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BRASILIA — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been suspended from office to six months on Thursday to confront an impeachment trial in the Senate on charges that she broke budget accounting rules.

The nation’s Senate voted to impeach Ms Rousseff by 55 votes to 22 after a marathon debate.

Rousseff, Brazil’s first female president, will need to step aside while she is tried in the upper house for allegedly manipulating government accounts ahead of the previous election.

A final decision, which is likely in September or October, will require a two-thirds majority. Ominously for the president, this margin was exceeded in Thursday’s vote.

Vice President Michel Temer will become acting president during her trial, which could take months, with a two-thirds majority vote eventually needed to force Ms Rousseff from office altogether.

Ms Rousseff denounced the impeachment drive as a coup attempt, saying Mr Temer conspired against her to return the country to the right.

Senate President Renan Calheiros, who oversaw the proceedings, told reporters that impeachment would be ‘traumatic’.

Opposition senators accused Ms Rousseff for running into the ground an economy now considered the worst performing among major developing nations, pursuing what they called populist policies that led to high inflation, recession and unemployment.

She was not accused of personal corruption, but was standing charged with manipulating government accounts to disguise the size of Brazil’s fiscal deficit to allow her to boost public spending during her 2014 re-election campaign.

The political crisis has deepened Brazil’s recession and comes at a time when Brazil hoped to be shining on the world stage as it prepares to host the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.

The multiple crises have left the country divided between those blaming the suspended President and those loyal to the Workers’ Party, whose transformative social programs have lifted tens of millions of people from poverty.

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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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