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Dilma Rousseff takes fight to court of international opinion [in NY] …opposition not far behind
But is this enough to stem the wave of domestic crises in Brazil, save her presidency? Highly doubtful

The embattled Brazilian president opts to focus on political survival during New York visit and cancels trip to sign Paris agreement on climate change.

Photo: Fernando Bizerra Jr./EPA

Dilma Rousseff blows a kiss as she receives a rose from a group of women demonstrating in her support outside the Planalto Palace in Brasília, Brazil, on Tuesday.

Brazil’s beleaguered Dilma Rousseff has changed her plans and will attend a UN event on Friday in New York to make her case against an impeachment process that could remove her from office within weeks, her office said.
The Brazilian president lost a crucial vote in the lower house of congress on Sunday and faces impeachment by the senate on charges of breaking budget laws. She maintains the charges are groundless and trumped up to illegally oust her and end 13 years of rule by her leftist Workers party.
With the prospect of the senate suspending her in three weeks, Rousseff had canceled her trip to attend the signing of the Paris agreement on climate change on Friday, so that she could focus on her political survival.
“She intends to go tomorrow to New York,” an aide said on Wednesday.

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Two presidential aides said Rousseff would use her visit to New York to defend herself in interviews with international media against an impeachment that she has called a “coup d’etat without weapons” against a legitimate democratic government.
Rousseff says the accounting manipulation her administration used, by putting off transfer of funds to state banks, was a practice employed by previous governments. Her opponents say this allowed her to unfairly expand public spending and boost her re-election campaign in 2014.
Her government’s legal appeals asserting she committed no impeachable crime have been rejected by the supreme court.
The crisis has paralysed Brazil’s government as it struggles to revive the economy from its worst recession in decades in the midst of a huge corruption scandal involving state-run oil firm Petrobras. It is also scrambling to host the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in August.

In a news conference on Tuesday with foreign journalists, Rousseff said the impeachment was supported by the lower chamber speaker, Eduardo Cunha, who has been charged with corruption and money laundering, out of revenge because her government had not shielded him from ethics committee hearings.
She also accused Vice-President Michel Temer of plotting against her. Temer will replace Rousseff if she is unseated. Ironically, during her trip to New York, Temer would temporarily assume the presidency.

temer-agc3aancia-brasilBrazil Vice President Michel Tener:  President Rousseff  has accused him of being one of the brains behind the ‘coup’

Her opponents have also gone to the United States to defend the legality of the impeachments. The senate foreign relations committee chairman, Aloysio Nunes, of the opposition PSDB party, was in Washington this week to explain to US government officials that the process is constitutional.
Nunes met his counterpart, Republican US senator Bob Corker, chairman of the foreign relations committee, on Tuesday and was due to meet with the State Department’s undersecretary of state for political affairs, Tom Shannon, on Wednesday.

Courtesy: guardian
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