Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff makes impassioned speech in an effort to remain as president

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff presents her final arguments Monday in the impeachment trial she is facing at the Senate in Brasilia. (Cadu Gomes/European Pressphoto Agency)

August 29
A defiant Dilma Rousseff on Monday delivered what may be her last speech as president of Brazil, appealing to senators not to vote for her ouster in a controversial impeachment trial that was postponed until the Rio Olympics concluded.Rousseff began her Senate testimony with an emotional address, in which she spoke of the torture she suffered as a left-wing guerrilla imprisoned by a military dictatorship in the 1970s. She insisted that the attempt to remove her from office amounted to a coup that would only worsen Brazil’s political and economic crisis. Read more


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