Brazil's president rails at 'open coup'
Published 15/10/2015 | 02:30
Brazil's embattled president Dilma Rousseff has condemned the campaign calling for her impeachment as an "open coup".
Speaking at the opening of the 12th Congress of Central Workers (Concut) in São Paulo on Tuesday, Ms Rousseff defended her mandate and democratic re-election.
"I am president because I was elected by the people, in lawful elections," she said. "I have the legitimacy of the polls, which protects me and which I have a duty to protect.
"I am president to defend the Constitution and democracy, so hard-won for us. I am president to continue the process of emancipation of our people from poverty and exclusion and to make Brazil a nation of opportunity for all."
She described the growing effort to begin proceedings to oust her as an "open coup" and said it was a plot not just against her but also against the whole country.
Ms Rousseff is under pressure after federal auditors recommended Congress reject her 2014 public accounts over financial irregularities.