Brazilian President Strikes Back at ‘Coup-Plotters’

Source: TeleSUR
October 13 2015

Trade union leader Vagner Freitas (L), President Dilma Rousseff (C), and former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at the 12th Congress of the Brazilian Trade Union Confederation. | Photo: @blogplanalto

Trade union leader Vagner Freitas (L), President Dilma Rousseff (C), and former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva at the 12th Congress of the Brazilian Trade Union Confederation. | Photo: @blogplanalto

President Dilma Rousseff accused her political opposition of trying to undermine the results of the last election and oust her from power.

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff struck back Tuesday against her political opponents, whom she accuses of trying to plotting a coup to oust her from power, using some of the strongest language to date.

President Rousseff further accused her political opposition of conspiring to undermine the results of the most recent presidential elections, which saw her returned to office with over 51 percent support.

Power through a coup

“We are living in a serious political crisis … They want to come to power through a coup, by impeding a government elected by the direct vote of 54 million people,” said Rousseff during her speech at the Congress of the Brazilian Trade Union Confederation.

“I will fight to defend the mandate that was given me through a popular vote, through democracy and for our development project.”

Politicians fiercely opposed to Rousseff’s government are attempting to use a recent decision by the country’s Federal Accounts Court, which charged the government with manipulating its accounts in 2014 to disguise a widening fiscal deficit, to begin impeachment proceedings and oust the democratically elected president.

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President Rousseff struck a defiant tone, accusing her opponents of being driven by dissatisfaction over their loss in the elections and wanting to “shorten their path to power.”

The legitimacy of the polls

“The coup that the unsatisfied want to commit is, once again, as always, one against the people. But you can be sure, they will not succeed,” said Rousseff.

“I am president because I was elected by the people, in lawful elections. I have the legitimacy of the polls, which protect me and which have a duty to protect.”

Rousseff also called on her supporters to “not let their guard down” and fight to defend the country’s democracy.

WATCH: Rousseff in the Crosshairs of the Opposition

Source: Brazilian President Strikes Back at ‘Coup-Plotters’  TeleSur

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