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Corruption Charges False, Impeachment 'Anti-Democratic Coup' - Rousseff

© REUTERS / Ueslei MarcelinoCongressmen demonstrate against President of the Chamber of Deputies Cunha during a session to review the request for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment, at the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia, Brazil April 16, 2016
Congressmen demonstrate against President of the Chamber of Deputies Cunha during a session to review the request for Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff's impeachment, at the Chamber of Deputies in Brasilia, Brazil April 16, 2016 - Sputnik International
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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff stated that her government had fought against corruption, passing anti-corruption laws, created administrative transparency and supported an independent judiciary.

Demonstrators attend a protest against Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, part of nationwide protests calling for her impeachment, near the Brazilian national congress in Brasilia, Brazil, March 13, 2016 - Sputnik International
Brazilian Protesters Demand Impeachment of President Rouseff
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Saturday stressed her innocence of corruption charges, accusing opponents seeking her impeachment of violating the country's constitution and endangering democracy.

Brazil's lower house of parliament is set to vote on Rousseff's impeachment on Sunday, with opposition accusing the president of corruption and violating financial rules by manipulating state banks accounts to close budget gaps.

"To unseat a president by impeachment, without her having committed a crime, means tearing the Brazilian Constitution. This is a coup against the Republic, against democracy and, above all, against the votes of all Brazilians who participated in the electoral process… They want to submit to one of the greatest injustices can be committed against someone: condemn an ​​innocent," Rousseff said in an article published in the Folha de Sao Paulo newspaper.

People demonstrate in support of Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff's appointment of Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as her chief of staff, at Paulista avenue in Sao Paulo, Brazil - Sputnik International
Protests Divide Brazilians: Pro and Anti-Government Rallies Shake Brazil
The president stressed that her government had fought against corruption, passing anti-corruption laws, created administrative transparency and supported an independent judiciary.

Opposing and criticizing the government is part of democracy, while attempting to unseat an elected president on unfounded charges has no place in democratic practice, she added.

Meanwhile, Rousseff lost several allies with the Progressive Party and the Social Democratic Party having left her coalition earlier this week. The Brazilian Democratic Movement Party left the governing coalition in late March.

Rousseff has been facing a wave of public discontent for over a year amid Brazil’s struggling economy and a major corruption scandal in the state-owned Petrobras petroleum company.

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