Trial equals coup, Rouss­eff claims

The Myanmar Times - - World -

BRAZIL’S sus­pended pres­i­dent Dilma Rouss­eff ad­mit­ted she had made mis­takes, but said she had done noth­ing wor­thy of im­peach­ment in an ad­dress just over a week be­fore she goes on trial.

Ms Rouss­eff, ac­cused of us­ing il­le­gal bud­getary ma­noeu­vres to cover up the depth of the coun­try’s eco­nomic prob­lems dur­ing her 2014 re-elec­tion, faces trial in the Se­nate start­ing Au­gust 25, four days af­ter the Olympic Games end in Rio.

She looks nearly cer­tain to be ex­pelled from of­fice.

With her im­peach­ment trial loom­ing, the Fed­eral Supreme Court also au­tho­rised on Au­gust 16 the open­ing of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into Ms Rouss­eff and her pre­de­ces­sor Luiz Ina­cio Lula da Silva, for al­legedly try­ing to ob­struct a cor­rup­tion probe into the state oil firm Petro­bras.

In a let­ter to the Brazil­ians that she read out in Brasilia, Ms Rouss­eff re­peated her sug­ges­tion that Brazil hold new elec­tions to get out of the po­lit­i­cal cri­sis.

Ms Rouss­eff said if she was spared by the Se­nate, she would back a ref­er­en­dum on hold­ing early elec­tions and elec­toral re­form to carry out a “deep trans­for­ma­tion”.

She also struck a hum­ble note.

“I have lis­tened to the tough crit­i­cism of my gov­ern­ment, for the er­rors com­mit­ted,” she said.

“I ac­cept the crit­i­cism with hu­mil­ity and de­ter­mi­na­tion so that we can build a new way for­ward.”

But Ms Rouss­eff, a for­mer left­ist guerilla who was im­pris­oned and tor­tured un­der the mil­i­tary dic­ta­tor­ship in the 1970s, re­peated her in­sis­tence that forc­ing her out through im­peach­ment amounts to a coup.

“It would be an un­equiv­o­cal coup, fol­lowed by an indi­rect elec­tion.

“There is no in­jus­tice more dev­as­tat­ing than to con­demn an in­no­cent per­son.” –

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