Thursday 29 September 2016

Rousseff refuses to fade away after Brazil presidency exit

Published 02/09/2016 | 22:01

Former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff says she will be a strong voice in opposition (AP)
Former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff says she will be a strong voice in opposition (AP)

Former Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff is slamming the process that led to her being ousted this week and promising to provide a strong opposition voice to the new government.

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In comments to foreign media, she said she would move back to her home town of Porto Alegre in southern Brazil.

Ms Rousseff said she has not developed plans beyond that, but will not shy away from public life.

The Senate voted to remove her for breaking fiscal responsibility laws in her management of the federal budget.

Ms Rousseff also had sharp words for Michel Temer, who was her vice president before taking over in the wake of her removal. She said that if he does not govern on the platform the two ran on, people will see his government as illegitimate.

Ms Rousseff has 30 days to vacate the presidential palace. Brazil's first female president denies wrongdoing, and has frequently pointed out that previous presidents have used similar accounting measures.

She said: "I don't have political plans for office, but I do have political plans. I'm going to oppose this government."

Ms Rousseff has accused Mr Temer of being the ringleader behind her exit and said she would be quick to raise her voice if his government tries to crack down on protesters. Since her removal, a handful of small anti-Temer demonstrations have been broken up by police.

Ms Rousseff has appealed against her removal from office to the country's highest court. It is unclear when the court will rule, but several appeals during the months-long impeachment process were rejected.

Press Association

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