Senators debated the fate of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff into the wee hours of Wednesday ahead of a planned vote later in the day on whether to remove Rousseff permanently as leader of Latin America's most populous country.
In a 14-hour session that was less electric than expected, Brazil's suspended president proclaimed her innocence at her impeachment trial Monday, branding her vice president a "usurper" and calling the drive to oust her a "coup."
Fighting to save her job, suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff told senators on Monday that the allegations against her have no merit and that history would judge the country if she is removed from office.
Brazilian senators on Saturday questioned the last two witnesses summoned by the defence for President Dilma Rousseff in her impeachment trial for allegedly breaking fiscal rules in the management of the federal budget.
A trial against Brazil's president turned into a yelling match and was temporarily suspended on Friday after the head of Senate declared "stupidity is endless" and sharply criticized a colleague who had questioned the body's moral authority.
Just days after the closing ceremony of the Rio Olympics, Brazilian senators are about to decide whether to permanently remove President Dilma Rousseff from office, the climax of a months-long political battle that has laid bare deep polarization in Latin America's largest nation.
The '16 Games come at a dire moment for Brazil, which is enduring myriad calamities including a deep recession. In 2009, when Rio won the competition for this year's Summer Games, the country's emerging market economy was sizzling.