-BRAZIL PRESIDENT VOWS TO RESIST IMPEACHMENT
-She maintains she has done nothing wrong
-She accuses her vice president of plotting against her
-She vows not to bow to pressure
BRAZIL PRESIDENT VOWS TO RESIST IMPEACHMENT. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has again vowed not to back down on Monday, after the country’s lower house yesterday passed a motion to impeach her.
While speaking to newsmen on Wednesday last week, she had reportedly vowed to fight the move by the lawmakers if it becomes a reality. Reacting to the result of the voting by lawmakers in the lower chamber, Rouseff again vowed not to bow to pressure.
“I will fight, like I have always done in my life, and I am sure that we will have the opportunity to defend ourselves in the Senate,” she told reportedly reporters.
Rousseff has also condemned the impeachment process against her describing it as unfair and unjust, while also comparing it to a coup. Describing the allegations as baseless, Rousseff added that previous presidents have done the same things she did.
“Today, above all, I feel injustice. The acts that they accuse me of, they were practiced by other presidents of the republic before me. And it wasn’t characterized as being illegal acts or criminal acts. They were considered legal, therefore, when I feel injustice, it’s because, with me, I was treated like no one else was treated”, she told reporters
Rouseff continued, “I watched throughout yesterday all of the interventions, and I did not see a discussion about the crime of responsibility, which is the only way to judge a president of the republic in Brazil,”
In a similar development, Rouseff has expressed ‘clear conscience’ over the soon to begin impeachment process
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff says she is “outraged” at attempts to impeach her and has a clear conscience.
Speaking after the lower house of the Congress who voted to begin impeachment proceedings against her, she repeated her earlier claims that she had done nothing wrong. She is accused of manipulating government accounts, which she denies.
Lawmakers in the lower house of Congress on Sunday voted overwhelmingly in favor of sending an impeachment motion against her to the upper house.
With the motion now before the upper legislative chamber, the Senate will now have to decide whether to start an impeachment trial. Senators are expected to vote on the matter early next month.
However, polls conducted by Brazil’s major newspapers suggest a majority of the senators will vote in favour of the trial.
If that happens, Ms Rousseff will be suspended from office while the trial is under way. Vice-President Michel Temer will become acting president for the duration of her suspension.
Ms Rousseff had openly accused Mr Temer of conspiring against her. Mr Temer is a member of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) which until recently was in a coalition with Ms Rousseff’s Workers’ Party.
But just weeks before Sunday’s impeachment vote, the PMDB left the coalition and its leadership voted to support the impeachment proceedings against Ms Rousseff. A number of Brazilian newspapers featured a photograph of Mr Temer on Monday, showing him smiling as he watched the votes against Ms Rousseff being cast in the lower house. BRAZIL PRESIDENT VOWS TO RESIST IMPEACHMENT
Ms Rousseff said she had the “spirit, strength and courage” to fight those plotting against her. The president said that the moves to impeach her were a power grab by those who did not have the votes to get the top job democratically.