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    Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff said Tuesday that she considers her impeachment process illegal.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — In May, Brazilian President was suspended from office for 180 days after the Senate voted to start the impeachment process against her on accusations that she concealed a widening budget deficit ahead of the 2014 re-election. Vice President Michel Temer became the acting head of state.

    "If I believed that I was guilty or if there were any legal grounds for my impeachment, for my suspension from office then my situation would be very different. But I am convinced, as indeed the facts have proven that there are no legal grounds for this impeachment," Rousseff told Aljazeera in an interview.

    In 2014, corruption schemes in Brazil's state oil and gas company Petrobras were revealed, triggering a wave of discontent in Brazil toward Rousseff who headed the company in 2003-2010.


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