Members of the impeachment committee react after voting on the impeachment of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff at the National Congress in Brasilia, Brazil, April 11, 2016.
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It is weekly ritual for many Brazilians to gather around the television with family and friends on Sunday afternoons. Normally, though, the programming of choice is soccer rather than congresspeople voting for the impeachment of a president. Yet that is exactly what might happen on April 17, 2016, the day TV Globo, Brazil’s largest TV network, has promised to broadcast live what can be only described as the season finale of a political drama called “impeachment.”

The vote for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff scheduled for that day is not the last battle the opposition needs to win before she

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