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Impeachment of Brazilian president Rousseff suspended

Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff has confirmed her impeachment process has been suspended after an appeal was accepted.

She spoke after the acting speaker of Brazil's lower house of Congress annulled the process citing procedural flaws.

Brazil's congress last month voted overwhelmingly in favour of the impeachment process against President Dilma Rousseff. Credit: Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino

Waldir Maranhao said the senate must return the process to the lower house for a new vote.

Ms Rousseff, who has faced action to remove her from office over claims she covered up a financial scandal, said she was unaware of the consequences of the suspension.

Brazil: More than 90,000 likely cases of Zika in two months

Zika is carried by mosquitoes that transmit the virus to humans Credit: Reuters

Brazil has registered more than 90,000 likely cases of the Zika virus in the last two months, according to the country's health ministry.

In its first national report on the epidemic the ministry said 91,387 likely cases of the virus were recorded between February and April 2,

The figures were released as the country also confirmed it was investigating 3,710 cases of the Zika-related severe birth defects microcephaly.

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