President of Brazil's Supreme Court, Ricardo Lewandowski (C) reacts near Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's attorney in the impeachment proceedings, Jose Eduardo Cardozo (L) and Senator Raimundo Lira (2nd R), president of a special senate committee that will consider her impeachment, during a final session of debate and voting on suspended Rousseff's impeachment trial in Brasilia, Brazil, August 25, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino(reuters_tickers)
BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil's Senate started the impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff on Thursday on charges of breaking budget laws.
Rousseff, Brazil's first female president, will appear before the 81 senators on Monday to defend herself, but her opponents are confident they have more than the 54 votes needed to convict her and end 13 years of left-wing rule by her Workers Party. [L1N1B60BD]
(Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Daniel Flynn)