Brazilian legislators voted today (April 17, 2016) in favor of impeaching President Dilma Rousseff -- a move that could see the country's first female leader removed from power -- the Al Jazeera website reports.
Tens of thousands of pro- and anti-impeachment protesters gathered in the capital of Brasilia and other cities to watch the dramatic vote, broadcast live on national television today. Brazil has more Roman Catholics than any other country in the world.
The impeachment motion will next go to the Senate which will vote -- probably in May -- whether to open a trial.
Rousseff, 68, is accused of corruption and of illegal accounting acts to mask government shortfalls during her 2014 re-election. The impeachment battle comes during Brazil's worst recession since the 1930s.