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    Temporarily-suspended Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff announced Thursday that, if she survives the oncoming impeachment trial, she will “appeal to the population,” with a referendum on the future of her presidency.

    According a statement with TV Brasil on Thursday, Rousseff believes she needs to be "consulted" on her political future, even if the Senate does not remove her from office.

    "Given the level of contradiction among different political actors in this country, it is necessary to appeal to the population," Rousseff said. "I think it can be some sort of plebiscite."

    Rousseff is currently involved in impeachment proceedings and has been suspended from the presidency since May 12. She is accused of sleight-of-hand accounting techniques in managing the federal budget to hide large deficits, an allegation she has repeatedly denied.

    However, the way the Senate will vote remains unclear, as many Senators admitted they haven't decided which way they will lean.

    Brazil is currently under the governance of interim-President Michel Temer, who earned notoriety before he took the office. With damaging leaked audio recordings, the abrupt exit of two ministers due to corruption probes, allegations of graft by other interim officials, and criticism after he appointed only white men to his Cabinet — his credibility has been damaged to the point that, after one month in office, Brazilians want him out, too.

    Before Temer stepped into office, a Datafolha poll indicated that 58 percent of Brazilians were in favor of his impeachment, while 61 wanted to impeach Rousseff.

    Lawmakers have called for new elections to resolve the impasse, but that can only happen if both Rousseff and Temer resign before the end of 2016. If that does not happen, Congress will have to vote for who will serve the second half of Rousseff's term, ending in 2018.


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