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Rousseff Says Leaked Recording Proves Her Ouster Was a Coup

  • Dilma Rousseff says she was impeached to prevent more corruption investigations

    Dilma Rousseff says she was impeached to prevent more corruption investigations | Photo: EFE

Published 24 May 2016

Dilma Rousseff said a leaked recording proves that those who plotted her ouster carried out a coup d'etat.

Brazil’s suspended president Dilma Rousseff denounced what she said was the real reason behind her impeachment: to stop her government's investigation into a massive corruption scandal involving oil state company Petrobras.

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Seven of the new ministers under Senate-imposed president Michel Temer are implicated in the scandal

In leaked recordings interim Planning and Development Minister Romero Juca is caught on tape saying that removing Rousseff from office would be the way to “find a way out” and “stop the bleeding” of the investigations on Operation Car Wash.

"If anyone still had no certainty that there is a coup in progress, based on the diversion of power, fraud, and strongly incriminating statements from Jucá on the real objectives of impeachment, about who is behind him, remove any doubt,” Rousseff said Tuesday in a meeting with supporters. “The main articulators confess 'we are coup plotters.’“

Rousseff, unlike her opponents, has not been tied to the Petrobras scandal.

"I'll be on the streets, in the countryside, in the cities, I will be at peace, firm in my convictions, to prevent a coup, to prevent them from changing rights and hard-fought conquests for you all," said Rousseff.

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