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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.

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Congress votes in favour of President impeachment

A supporter of the President reacts to news of the vote Credit: Reuters

Brazil's lower house of Congress has voted to back the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff - reaching the required 342-vote mark.

But the presidential chief of staff said the government is confident the Senate will dismiss the impeachment.

Brazil impeachment: Government concedes defeat

The government vowed to take the fight to the Senate Credit: Reuters

Brazil's ruling Workers' Party has conceded defeat in the vote over whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff.

With 400 votes cast so far on Sunday in the lower house, 297 congressmen have voted in favour of impeaching Rousseff over claims she covered up a financial scandal.

While admitting defeat, the government has vowed to take its fight to the next stage in the Senate.

The party's leader in the chamber, Jose Guimaraes, said: "The fight continues now in the Senate".

Number of votes to impeach President Rousseff grows

Congressmen celebrate after making their individual votes Credit: Reuters

The number of congressmen who have voted in favour of impeaching Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has risen to 224.

So far 300 votes have been cast out of a total of 513 MPs, with 342 being the minimum number required in the lower house.

The speaker of the lower house, Eduardo Cunha, has also voted in favour of impeachment.

Brazil President's impeachment vote well under way

Brazil's gather to watch the voting Credit: Reuters

With 100 votes cast in Brazil so far, 73 congressmen have opted in favour of impeaching President Dilma Rousseff over her alleged financial cover-up.

A total of 27 either voted against the motion or abstained.

A minimum of 342 votes from the lower house's 513 MPs is required for proceedings to pass to the Senate.

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Brazil's lower chamber begins impeachment vote

Report by ITV News' Senior International Correspondent John Irvine

MPs in Brazil's lower chamber have begun voting on whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff over accusations of corruption.

President Rousseff has been accused of manipulating the country's finances to hide a worsening economic crisis - but she denies any wrongdoing.

Brazilians are divided over the issue and if she is impeached the country could be plunged into chaos.

Pro and anti impeachment rallies head towards Brazil's congress

Pro and anti impeachment supporters have taken to the streets of Brazil as they headed towards the Palace of Congress to make their voices heard as the country's lower house decide on whether or not to push for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff.

An anti-impeachment protest was pictured heading towards Congress as the lower house prepared to vote for whether or not to impeach Brazil's president. Credit: Sean Swan/ ITV News
Pro impeachment supporters also took to the streets ahead of the vote at Congress Credit: Sean Swan/ ITV News

'Wall of shame' put up ahead of Brazil's impeachment vote

A fence called the 'wall of shame' has been put up ahead of a vote to decide whether to impeach Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff amid claims she manipulated government accounts to allegedly favour her re-election in 2014.

Located outside the Palace of Congress in Brasilia the fence is reportedly intended to separate rival supporters who are expected to gather outside as the lower house decide whether or not Ms Rousseff should be impeached.

The fence is intended to separate rival supporters. Credit: Sean Swan/ ITV News
Security is on hand in case of any public disturbance outside Congress during the vote. Credit: Sean Swan/ ITV News

If two-thirds of lower house members vote in favour of impeachment tonight, the case will be sent to the senate for trial.

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