Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was confident, in her first address, that she will be vindicated after she was recently impeached for allegedly mishandling the federal budget, according to Latino Fox News.
Rousseff claims that her and the government have done nothing wrong, stating, “There is no crime I have committed…this is not an impeachment, it’s a true coup.” She then said, “[My opponents] are trying to take by force what they couldn’t win at the ballot.”
The Senate voted on Thursday morning [May 12, 2016] 55-22 in favor of starting a political trial against the leader, who was elected as Brazil’s first female president. According to reports, critics say that she used “accounting tricks to hide ballooning deficits and bolster an embattled government.”
Vice President Michel Temer will now take over, while Rousseff continues to repeat that she hasn’t done anything wrong and according to reports, she stated, “They are treating it as if they were crimes legitimate acts by my government, that all my predecessors employed.”
She then spoke about her past fighting military regime in the 60s, stating, “I suffered from torture then and now I suffer from injustice. I never thought that I’d have to fight against another coup in my country.”
By the end of her speech she made it clear that she’s confident that people “will say ‘no’ to this injustice… We need to keep ourselves organized, united and at peace.”