Brazil impeachment: Vote deals new blow to Rousseff巴西众议院特别委员会通过弹劾总统报告
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has suffered a blow to her hopes of staving off impeachment proceedings, after a committee voted they should go ahead.
The 65-member congressional committee voted 38 to 27 to recommend impeachment over claims she manipulated government accounts to hide a growing deficit.
All eyes will now be on a full vote in the lower house on 17 or 18 April.
The issue has divided Brazil, with police preparing for mass protests in the capital, Brasilia.
The vote took place amid chaotic scenes with supporters and opponents of President Rousseff shouting slogans and waving placards.
The committee's vote, while largely symbolic, was being watched as a measure of how much support there is for the impeachment process ahead of the crucial vote in the full lower house of Congress.
There, 342 votes in favour are needed to send the matter on to the Senate. The latest opinion poll by the Estadao daily suggests 292 are in favour, 115 against and 106 undecided.
1.stave off：If you stave off something bad, or if you stave it off, you succeed in stopping it happening for a while.
In a desperate attempt to stave off defeat, he reluctantly promised wholesale reform of the constitution...
3.manipulate：If you say that someone manipulates people, you disapprove of them because they skilfully force or persuade people to do what they want.
He is a very difficult character. He manipulates people...
4.deficit:赤字; 亏损; 亏空;
6.opinion poll 选举投票，民意测验