First Day of Impeachment Trial Marked by Turbulence in Brazil

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL – The first day of the impeachment trial of suspended Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff, lasted more than fifteen hours with many tense moments between senators pro and against the suspended leader. Rousseff's defense attorney, former Justice Minister Jose Eduardo Cardozo was one of the emphatic speakers in a room full of emotion and confrontation.

“The first day is always tense, turbulent, with both sides getting into conflicts due to differing points of view,” Senate President, Renan Calheiros, told journalists almost at the end of the session.

Calheiros said that this . . .

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