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Brazil’s vice president Michel Temer applauds Dila Rousseff during her inauguration as president in January 2015.  Photograph: Marcelo Sayao/ EPA

The man poised to become Brazil’s new leader has spent decades in politics and is known for his quiet yet calculating demeanor, fine suits, and a penc(...)

Demonstrators against the impeachment of Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff shout slogans during clashes with the police in Brasilia, Brazil, May 11th, 2016.  Photograph: Paulo Whitaker/Reuters

Brazil’s senate voted on Thursday to put leftist president Dilma Rousseff on trial in a historic decision brought on by a deep recession and a corrup(...)

Embattled Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff speaking at a women’s conference in Brasilia on Tuesday. She is facing an impeachment vote in the senate. Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

President Dilma Rousseff was expected to become Brazil’s first leader in more than two decades to be removed from office as the senate began a sessio(...)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff greets the secretary general of the Organisation of American States, Luis Almagro,   at her office in Brasilia on Tuesday, in what may prove to be one of her final engagements in office. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Tom Hennigan in São Paulo Brazil’s senate is set to suspend President Dilma Rousseff from office on Wednesday after a last-ditch effort by her allie(...)

Brazilian volleyball player Fabiana Claudino and Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff as the Olympic torch arrives in Brazil on May 3rd. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

It was a melancholy event when President Dilma Rousseff welcomed the Olympic flame to Brazil on Tuesday. Back in 2009 when Rio de Janeiro won the rig(...)

Greek actress Katerina Lehou, playing the role of High Priestess, lights a torch from the sun’s rays reflected in a parabolic mirror during the Olympic flame lighting ceremony for the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the site of ancient Olympia in Greece, April 21, 2016. Photograph: Alkis Konstantinidis/Reuters

The official countdown to this year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics began on Thursday when the torch was lit at the site of the ancient Games, with organis(...)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff speaks to members of the foreign press at the presidential palace in Brasilia, on Tuesday. Photograph: Lula Marques/Bloomberg

As Brazilian senators met to arrange her impeachment trial, President Dilma Rousseff denounced “a coup-mongering vein” in Brazilian public life stretc(...)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff:  The  lower house of congress voted by 367 to 137 on Sunday night to send her for trial before the senate over accusations that she had broken budgetary laws. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Brazil’s political crisis shows no sign of abating as President Dilma Rousseff and her Workers’ Party (WP) signalled they are determined to continuing(...)

Brazilian parliamenarian Bruno Araujo (centre) celebrates with fellow congressmen after his vote in favour of the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff was enough to confirm the process. Photograph:  Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

When Brazil’s best loved clown Tiririca was elected to congress in 2010 there was much gnashing of teeth among commentators about what his victory sai(...)

Protesters opposed to the impeachment of president Dilma Rousseff watch the voting session on television in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Photograph: Igo Estrela/Getty Images

Brazil’s leftist President Dilma Rousseff lost a crucial impeachment vote in the lower house of Congress on Sunday and is almost certain to be forced(...)

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