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Rousseff rejects calls for her resignation and confirms Finance minister Barbosa

Friday, March 11th 2016 - 20:03 UTC
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“No one has the right to ask for the resignation of a legitimately elected president,” Rousseff told reporters “No one has the right to ask for the resignation of a legitimately elected president,” Rousseff told reporters
Charges of money laundering brought against her mentor and predecessor former president Lula da Silva have deepened the crisis this week. Charges of money laundering brought against her mentor and predecessor former president Lula da Silva have deepened the crisis this week.
Charges of money laundering brought against her mentor and predecessor former president Lula da Silva have deepened the crisis this week. Charges of money laundering brought against her mentor and predecessor former president Lula da Silva have deepened the crisis this week.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff rejected calls for her resignation on Friday midst a political storm deepened by a massive corruption scandal and blamed her opponents for causing a crisis that has damaged the Brazilian economy. She also confirmed her Finance minister Nelson Barbosa.

 “No one has the right to ask for the resignation of a legitimately elected president,” Rousseff told reporters, indicating she has no intention of quitting despite Brazil's worst economic recession in 25 years.

The populist leader, who was narrowly re-elected in 2014, blamed her opponents for causing a political crisis that she said has damaged the Brazilian economy, which shrank 3.8% last year. Rousseff said Finance Minister Nelson Barbosa's position in her cabinet was secure.

Opposition parties are seeking to unseat Rousseff by impeachment in Congress or annulment of her re-election for allegedly using illegal money from the Petrobras bribery and kickback scandal to fund her campaign.

Charges of money laundering brought against her mentor and predecessor former president Lula da Silva have deepened the crisis this week.

Rousseff said an arrest warrant requested by Sao Paulo state prosecutors for Lula on Thursday had absolutely no legal basis. She declined to confirm press reports that Lula would be offered a post in her cabinet as a way to give him some immunity from the corruption investigation, but she said she would be proud to have him in her government.

The widening corruption probe surrounding state-run oil company Petrobras has turned key lawmakers from Brazil's largest party against Rousseff, threatening to split her coalition and increasing chances of her impeachment in Congress this year.

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  • Brasileiro

    Mercopress do not know anything about Brazil! The impeachment has no chance of happening. And the right-wing opposition is more corrupt than the devil.

    Moreover, the Supreme Court will take longer to judge a case against the president that the time left in office.

    So the opposition bet on two crises:

    1) Lula hunt through the elitist judiciary so that he can not be a candidate in 2018. Political crisis.

    2) Perpetuate the economic recession that the Workers Party lost popularity and can not elect Dilma's successor. Economic crisis.

    However the left parties has many pluses.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kah3d8Sl4o0&list=FLmXPTu1f8AdGlizWNiASx2A&index=12

    Mar 11th, 2016 - 08:27 pm 0
  • Skip

    “No one has the right to ask for the resignation of a legitimately elected president,”

    EVERY SINGLE CITIZEN has the right to ask for the resignation of any politician. They serve at the PEOPLE'S pleasure not at their own.

    The impunity that Brazilian politicians operate under is astounding. Just because you are legitimately elected doesn't mean you can't then act in a way that is incompatible with your office.

    Also I think it is disgusting that a President voices an opinion on a current police investigation and court cases. Separation of powers and statesmanship are sorely absent from Brazil.

    The is woman is a fecking idiot. Thank God I don't live in a republic with idiot politicians like this.

    Mar 11th, 2016 - 09:40 pm 0
  • golfcronie

    Brasso has been taking English by the sound of it, at least his post is intelligible now, no must be someone else posting in his name.

    Mar 11th, 2016 - 09:50 pm 0
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