Rousseff's impeachment ruling to begin on August 25

The final judgment of the impeachment process against the suspended president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, will begin on August 25.

The final judgment of the impeachment process against the suspended president of Brazil, Dilma Rousseff, will begin on August 25.

Therefore the case might still end in August, as the senators who comprise the base of the interim administration had forecasted.

Rousseff will be summoned on Friday, August 12, by a bailiff working for the President of the Supreme Court, Justice Ricardo Lewandowski, who is responsible for leading the impeachment process, in accordance with the Brazilian laws. Rousseff, however, is not required to attend.

Prosecutors have already declared that they do not intend to call the six witnesses they are entitled to in order to speed up the conclusion of the process.

Senators allied to Interim President Michel Temer want the process to end in three days at most.

The rush is to enable Temer to travel to China to take part in the G20 summit scheduled to occur on September 4 and 5. Temer intends to attend the summit as Brazil's instated president.

Temer's adversaries, however, believe that his haste is due to fear that the plea bargains of those accused in the Brazilian Federal Police's Lava Jato operation might lead him to lose power and support in the final voting session.

Rousseff is accused of carrying out three supplementary credit decrees without the Brazilian Congress's approval and using the funds of federal banks in programs that should have been paid for by the National Treasury, the so-called "fiscal maneuvering" - when the debts were paid in 2015, the amount totaled R$ 72.4 billion.

Folha de S.Paulo |MARIANA HAUBERT

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