Trial equals coup, Rousseff claims
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.” –