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Impeachment

The act of attempting to remove a public official from office. An impeachment does not necessarily result in removal, since another step is required before the official is forced to leave office. For example, in the United States, the House of Representatives may impeach the president by a majority vote. The case is then passed on for trial to the Senate, which may remove the president with a two-thirds vote.
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The Bangladeshi cabinet last month gave its nod to the proposal to amend the country's constitution to empower parliament members to impeach apex court judges.
They want it to consider if there are sufficient grounds to impeach him on charges of gross misconduct.
CHAOS: A supporter breaks down in tears; BOOTED OUT: Korean MPs have to fend off a hail shoes after voting to impeach President Roh Moo-Hyun; THROWN: Ballot box
Nancy Pelosi, Democrat congress speaker, has previously said that any attempts to impeach Bush were "off the table" and the party was "not about getting even" over previous alleged unfair treatment at the hands of the Republican party.
The Supreme Court approved of the prosecution using the post-arrest statement to impeach the defendant during cross-examination, because the Court was not going to allow the defendant to use the Miranda decision as a license to commit perjury.
You can impeach a president for culpable violation of constitution or bribery which is a definite offense under the impeachment provision but to be able to do that, you have to prove the President intended in his mind to misappropriate these funds.
John Kaway, the chairperson of specialized committee on information committee in the state assembly, said the move by MPs to impeach the speaker was "unconstitutional".
EEXXCCLLUUSSIIVVEE Plaid MPs put legal bill to impeach PM on their office expenses TAXPAYERS unwittingly footed the bill for a bid to bring down Tony Blair.
We need to keep the ability to impeach at the ready in the event that this president continues to exercise a wanton approach toward the use of power, particularly the war power.
PakistanCOs beleaguered President Pervez Musharraf will not resign, his spokesman said yesterday, as the ruling coalition prepared to launch a bid to impeach the prominent US ally.
Roman Catholic bishops in the Philippines rejected Monday opposition moves to impeach President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo over corruption and electoral fraud allegations.
We face a Congress that has few members with enough courage to challenge this Administration, but no one thought that Congress could impeach Nixon, either, and force him to leave.