Collor set for power battle

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The government and opposition have begun marshalling their forces for an impending impeachment battle amid signs that President Fernando Collor de Mello's political base is rapidly crumbling.

On Wednesday, a congressional panel approved by a 16-5 vote a report charging Mr Collor with massive corruption. The surprising margin of victory was boosted by the unexpected defections of four government supporters.

Huge pro-impeachment rallies have added to the pressure.

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