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  1. Brazil's lower house approves impeachment proceedings against President Rousseff
  2. Opponents secure the required two-thirds majority after a marathon voting session
  3. Rousseff's opponents celebrate the result across the country
  4. The Senate will now vote on whether to launch an impeachment trial
  5. Ms Rousseff is accused of manipulating government accounts
  6. She denies the claims and accuses opponents of mounting a "coup"

Live Reporting

By Nalina Eggert

All times stated are UK

  1. End of live coverage

    That is the end of our live page coverage for now. You can keep up to date with the developments in the Brazil impeachment proceedings in the Latin America section of, or by following the 'Brazil political crisis' tag on your BBC news app.

  2. What you need to know as impeachment process moves to Senate

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

    Here is what you need to know about Sunday's vote as we finish our live coverage for now:

    • The lower house has voted to start impeachment proceedings against President Rousseff over charges that she manipulated government accounts, whichshe denies;
    • The process has now moved to the upper house which is expected to suspend Ms Rousseff next month while it carries out a formal trial;
    • Ms Rousseff has accused her opponents of staging "a coup" against her; many of them say she has lost the ability to govern;
    • She is expected to make her first remarks following the vote later on Monday;
    • Experts say her very low approval ratings are a result of Brazil's deep recession and a corruption investigation at the state-controlled oil company Petrobras that has implicated many figures in her Workers' Party;
    • You can find here our comprehensive round-up of the latest events;
    • Here we look at how things went wrong for Ms Rousseff;
    • We also have a profile of the president, once considered to be Brazil's "Iron Lady"
  3. Senate process 'likely to move very fast'

    Now that the lower house of Congress has voted for impeachment proceedings to continue, the process will move to the Senate.

    There it is "likely to move very fast", the BBC's Daniel Gallas in Sao Paulo says.

    "The vote at the lower house was the best chance President Rousseff had of blocking the proceedings, where she needed just a third of the vote.  

    "At the Senate, a simple majority is needed to get the impeachment process going."

    A Senate vote is expected to be held in early May. Reports suggest that a majority of the 81 senators will vote in favour of her removal. 

  4. Rousseff 'to address Brazil' following impeachment vote

    Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff

    President Dilma Rousseff on Monday will make her first comments following the lower house vote approving impeachment proceedings against her, Attorney General Jose Eduardo Cardozo said.

  5. 'Isolated and unpopular'

    The Wall Street Journal says Dilma Rousseff overcame cancer and torture to become Brazil's first female president, but could "leave as an isolated, unpopular leader".

  6. 'She will fight'

    A defiant message has appeared on President Rousseff's Facebook page.

    Facebook screen grab

    It reads: If you think President Dilma will bow down before today's decision, you are mistaken.

    She will fight alongside everyone who defends democracy, and who wants the rule of law to be upheld in Brazil.

  7. Supporters on the streets

    Supporters of President Rousseff have been tweeting pictures of people who turned out to protest against impeachment.

    Many of the tweets refer to the impeachment vote as a "golpe" Portuguese for coup.

  8. What are Rousseff's options?

    President Rousseff denies wrongdoing and says she will not resign.

    She could appeal to Brazil's highest court, the Supreme Federal Tribunal, to try to annul the impeachment process on the grounds that the accusations were faulty.

  9. Good fun or beyond acceptable?

    The BBC's Paul Moss saw protesters carry a mock coffin with President Rousseff's first name on it.

  10. Who is Dilma Rousseff?

    Brazil's first female president, she is the protege of her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

    She was part of the underground resistance against Brazil's military dictatorship, and in 1970 she was caught, imprisoned and tortured.

    Her time as president has been marred by widespread protests and economic woes.

    Dilma Rousseff: profile

  11. Anti-government protesters celebrate

    Opponents of President Dilma Rousseff celebrate after the lower house of congress votes to proceed with her impeachment in Brasilia on 17 April 2016.
    Brazilians cheer in the streets after lower house passes impeachment against President Rousseff
    Opponents of President Dilma Rousseff celebrate after the Lower House of Congress voted to proceed with her impeachment in Porto Alegre April 17, 2016.
  12. Attorney general's 'indignation'

    Brazil's attorney general told reporters that the vote was "purely political".

    Jose Eduardo Cardozo said none of the MPs discussed relevant facts in the case against President Rousseff.

    He expressed "indignation and sadness" at the vote, which he described as "a blow to democracy".

    Mr Cardozo was involved in Dilma Rousseff's campaign in 2010, when she was first elected president.

  13. "Destiny has honoured me"

    For the impeachment motion to pass the lower house of Congress, 342 members needed to vote for it.

    Watch the moment when Bruno Araujo, the 342nd MP, cast his deciding vote - he said it was his destiny.

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    Video caption: Ms Rousseff accuses her opponents of mounting a "coup".
  14. How they voted vs how they said they would vote

    Fifteen MPs switched from being undecided to voting for impeachment.

    The Brazilian newspaper O Globo has tallied up (in Portuguese) how MPs' early voting indications matched with actual votes.

    Of the other undecided MPs, 10 voted against the measure, while one abstained.

    The other five MPs who abstained had previously said they were against the measure.

    The two MPs who were absent for the vote previously reported that they had not yet decided how to vote.

    None of these changes affected the final outcome.

  15. Workers' Party calls people to streets

    The governing Workers' Party has released a statement following the approval of an impeachment motion against President Rousseff in the lower house of Congress.

    In it, the party says that "the most reactionary forces in this country have won the first battle in their attempt to oust President Dilma Rousseff".

    The party calls on all men and women who believe in democracy to take to the streets to protest against what it calls "fraudulent impeachment".

    "We will not allow that our democracy, which was achieved by the fight and the lives given by so many patriots be destroyed by the hatred of those who always battle against the emancipation of the Brazilian people," it adds.

  16. Voting finishes in Brazil's lower house

    Here are the final voting figures:

    367 MPs voted for impeachment proceedings.

    137 voted against.

    Seven MPs abstained and two were not present.

  17. Government 'confident' Rousseff can survive

    Reuters news agency is reporting that President Rousseff's Chief of Staff has reacted to the impeachment measure voted through the lower house of Congress.

    Jaques Wagner, who is a founding member of the Workers' Party, is reported as saying that the government is confident the Senate will dismiss the measure, which he describes as a setback for democracy that was "orchestrated" by her opponents.

  18. Celebrations erupt at anti-government protests

    e to the streets as lawmakers vote for pending impeaching proceedings on President Dilma Rousseff 17/04/2016 European Photopress Agency epa05264835 A demonstrator reacts as he, along with hundreds of people, watches a screen displaying the Chamber of Deputies"s discussion, at Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 17 April 2016
    Hundreds of people watch a screen displaying the Chamber of Deputies"s discussion, at Paulista Avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 17 April 2016.
  19. What happens next?

    Now that the lower house of Congress has voted for impeachment proceedings to continue, all eyes will be on the upper house, the Senate.

    The Senate will now have to decide whether to start an impeachment trial against Ms Rousseff.

    A simple majority is needed.

    The vote is expected to be held in early May. 

  20. Impeachment measure approved in lower house of Congress

    A two-thirds majority in the lower house of Congress - 342 MPs - has voted for an impeachment motion against Dilma Rousseff.

    The measure will now pass to the Senate.