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dateline: 07 September 2016

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Impeached Brazilian President Leaves Palace

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • former: in the past
  • impeachment: the removal of a leader from office (usually due to criminal activity)
  • manipulate: to alter or change something (often dishonestly)
  • appeal: a request to a high court for a decision to be reversed
  • interim: temporary

Impeached Brazilian President Leaves Palace

Brazil’s former Dilma Rousseff left the presidential palace for the last time this week following last week’s impeachment. Rousseff was removed from office on August 31 after the Senate voted 61-20 that she was guilty of manipulating the budget to hide the nation’s problems. Rousseff has denied the accusations and has filed an appeal with the Supreme Court. Rousseff’s vice president, 75-year-old Michel Temer has as Brazil’s interim president.

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who is Dilma Rousseff?
  2. Why did Rousseff have to leave the presidential palace?
  3. Why does the report mention the Supreme Court?

Discussion Questions: Rousseff was Brazil’s first female president. Do you think her impeachment will make it difficult for women to become leaders in Brazil and its surrounding nations in the future?

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Written and recorded by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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