Brazil lawmakers start voting on Rousseff impeachment

View of the Brazilian lower house of Congress during a session to discuss the admissibility of the impeachment request of President Dilma Rousseff in Brasilia on April 17, 2016

Brasília (AFP) – Brazilian lawmakers began casting votes Sunday on whether President Dilma Rousseff should face impeachment.

The voting followed a raucous debate that transfixed the deeply divided nation. The opposition needs a total of 342 out of the 513 deputies in the lower house of Congress to authorize the trial.