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Brazil’s lower house votes in favor of President Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment

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BRASILIA — The lower house of Brazil’s parliament have voted for impeachment President Dilma Rousseff, a move that could see the nation’s first female leader expelled from power.

After more than five hours of voting late Sunday night, more than 342 lawmakers, the two-thirds majority required by law, have voted in favour of impeachment, CNN reported while more than 130 legislators have voted against it.

The 513 legislators voted one by one, all of them given 30 seconds to speak before casting their ballots.

The impeachment motion will now go to the Senate which will vote whether to open a trial against the president.

If a majority approves it, Rousseff will have to step down for 180 days to defend herself in the trial. She would be replaced by Vice President Michel Temer, leader of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) who broke away from the government two weeks ago and decided to support the process leading to Rousseff’s dismissal.

If the Senate approves the impeachment motion, Rousseff could be suspended as early as May which would be about three months before the Summer Olympics start in Rio de Janeiro, an event that was supposed to showcase Brazil as a rising power on the global stage.

Thousands of pro- and anti-impeachment protesters gathered in the capital Brasilia and other cities to watch the dramatic vote, broadcast live on national television.

Lawmakers have accused Rousseff of hiding a budgetary deficit to win re-election in 2014.

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Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded

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BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.

The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.

Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.

Transportation has also been halted.

Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.

Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.

The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.

Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.

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