President Dilma Rousseff suggested that Mercosur and the Union of South-American Countries (USAN) evaluate the impeachment process against her in the National Congress, which she describes as a “coup.”
The president spoke in a press conference held Friday (Apr. 22), after she delivered a speech at the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in New York, as part of the signing ceremony of the Paris Agreement.
Rousseff described herself as a victim and said she feels wronged by the process aimed at ousting her. She said she will make efforts to convince senators that she committed no impeachable offense, and that there is no use referring to the case with any word other than “coup.”
When asked by journalists about what is being said all over the globe on the issue, she said she received the solidarity of some presidents, who told her to stay “strong.”
“Here's what I say. What's in progress in Brazil is a coup. So I'd like MERCOSUR and USAN to look at this process,” she said. In her view, the democratic clause, one of the rules of Mercosur, stipulates that cases should be brought under scrutiny.
The president also stated she is not accusing anyone who argues for direct elections of being a coup-monger; she notes, however, that she owes her mandate to her 54 million votes. “I'm by no means against elections. I believe that direct elections, with the secret vote of the people and their participation, is one thing. But I think I should be given the right to defend my mandate. I'm not attached to a position; now I'm defending my mandate,” she said.
Rousseff noted she has not been accused of holding bank accounts overseas, money laundering, or corruption. “Who will take the country's helm? Illegitimate people? People who didn't get any votes for being president? I don't think I've chosen this feeling of injustice, or that I've chosen to be a victim—I've been brought to this situation,” she argued.
After describing the impeachment proceedings against her as illegal and the fruit of a putschist conspiracy, she said, “I feel intrigued because there's a huge fear when we say there's a coup in Brazil—the fear of a coup in Brazil stems from the fact that it's utterly illegal,” she argued.
*Leandra Felipe contributed to this article from New York
Translated by Fabrício Ferreira
Fonte: Agência Brasil.