Brazil begins three day debate over whether to impeach President Rousseff

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff Credit: Reuters/Ueslei Marcelino

Report by ITV News' Senior International Correspondent John Irvine

Brazil has just started the three-day debating process to decide whether to impeach President Dilma Rousseff on charges of fiddling the books - manipulating the budget accounts.

As the raucous debate began, Rousseff supporters said that her detractors are using discontent over the economy as cover for a coup.

Her opponents say that her economic record makes her unfit for office.

In just five years the country has gone from boom to bust, and the divisions between the poorest and richest now lie exposed.

As a result, some of Sao Paulo's poorest people have set up camp outside the City Hall in protest, calling upon their leaders to stop taking money for themselves.

The gap between the rich and the poor in Brazil is now more apparent than ever Credit: ITV News

With the Olympics just three months away, all eyes are on Brazil, waiting to see if Rousseff is ousted, or remains.