June 29, 2016 / 8:47 PM / a year ago

Brazil Senate planning impeachment vote for last days of Olympics

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s Senate will likely take its final vote on the impeachment of suspended President Dilma Rousseff on Aug. 20, a day before the Olympic closing ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro, Senate President Renan Calheiros said on Wednesday.

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff gestures during a news conference with foreign media in Brasilia, Brazil, June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

The first Olympic Games in South America are due to open on Aug. 5 amid political turmoil, concern about an outbreak of the Zika virus, and Brazil’s deepest recession since the 1930s.

Reporting by Maria Carolina Marcello; Editing by Jonathan Oatis

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