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Rousseff: "It is a coup"

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 01:13

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff calls attempts to impeach her ''a coup'', as the Senate gears up to vote after a heavy defeat in the lower house of Congress. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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There was dancing in the streets after the lower House of Congress voted to impeach Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff. They cheered the move to force her from office -- a move that would end 13 years of the leftist Workers Party rule. The crisis has paralyzed the government as it struggles to revive the economy from its worst recession in decades. And it comes as the country prepares to host the Olympic games and amid the battle to fight the Zika virus. Now she is fighting back -- calling it a coup. (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT, DILMA ROUSSEFF, SAYING: "It is a coup, it is a coup dressed as original sin, which is the fact that there is no legal basis for my impeachment." If the Senate votes by a simple majority to accept the case next month, Rousseff could become the first Brazilian leader to be impeached in decades,

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Rousseff: "It is a coup"

Wednesday, April 20, 2016 - 01:13