Rousseff calls impeachment a coup attempt
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has said impeachment proceedings launched against her in Congress amount to a coup attempt.
In a speech to pro-government lawyers, Ms Rousseff said Brazilian democracy was under attack.
“I have committed no irregularity. I will never resign,” she said.
Opposition lawmakers are seeking to remove her over allegations that she manipulated government accounts to hide a growing deficit.
Ms Rousseff, a former political prisoner during Brazil’s military government, began her second term in office 14 months ago.
But her popularity has plummeted amid corruption allegations surrounding senior members of the governing Workers’ Party.
The speaker of the lower house of Congress, Eduardo Cunha, agreed in December to open impeachment proceedings against her.
“There is just one name for that – a coup,” said Ms Rousseff.
“I want tolerance, dialogue and peace. And that will only be possible if democracy is preserved,” she said.
Brazilian democracy was restored in 1985, 21 years after the military coup that deposed the left-wing government of Joao Goulart.
The Workers’ Party has been in power since Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sworn in for his first term in 2003.
Government supporters say the opposition did not accept the results of the 2014 election, in which Ms Rousseff was re-elected for another four-year term, and are trying to remove her by undemocratic means.
“I want tolerance, dialogue and peace. And that will only be possible if democracy is preserved,” she said.”
dont be corrupt then?
or is this a western pushed move to destabilize a BRIC country?