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Brazil's Suspended President Rousseff Sees Efforts to Impeach Her as a Coup

© REUTERS / Ueslei Marcelino/FileBrazil's President Dilma Rousseff reacts during a launch ceremony of Agricultural and Livestock Plan for 2016/2017, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff reacts during a launch ceremony of Agricultural and Livestock Plan for 2016/2017, at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil - Sputnik International
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Brazil’s suspended president Dilma Rousseff considers the ongoing impeachment proceedings against her to be an attempt of a coup.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) — At the same time, according to the suspended president, there are no signs of external interference in the current political situation in Brazil.

"Impeachment is provided by the constitution to our country, but only in the case of crimes [committed by president] such as president's crime against the constitution or human rights. We consider that it is a coup, as there was not any crime," Rousseff told the RT broadcaster in an interview.

Demonstrators take part in a protest demanding the resignation of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, on March 13, 2016 in Porto Alegre, southern Brazil - Sputnik International
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Rousseff is being accused of using state bank debt to cover a state budget deficit.

"All previous presidents did the same. It has never been a crime and it will not become a crime now. There are now preconditions to consider it a crime," Rousseff said.

The upper house of the Brazilian parliament voted 55-22 earlier in May to start impeachment proceedings against Rousseff after she was accused of concealing the country’s budget deficit ahead of the 2014 re-election.

The 68-year-old has been suspended from office for 180 days, pending trial. Vice President Michel Temer is assuming presidency during that period.

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