A congressional committee of Brazil's lower house has voted 38-27 for impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff. Allegations include massaging accounts during Rousseff's 2014 re-election and a corruption scandal involving state-controlled oil company Petrobras.

The full lower house is set to vote on the impeachment proceedings, expected to take place on 17 April. If two-thirds of its members vote in favour, the proceedings will be sent to the Senate where Rousseff would face suspension if the upper house agrees, by a simple majority, to put her on trial.

Rousseff has denied any wrongdoing and rallied her Workers' Party supporters to oppose what she reportedly called "a coup against a democratically elected president".