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Dilma Rousseff: I will fight to survive impeachment
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Brazilian senators voted overwhelmingly Thursday to suspend President Dilma Rousseff and open an impeachment trial, effectively tossing her leftist Workers' Party from office after 13 years in power. Rousseff is accused of improperly using billions of dollars in loans from government banks to patch budget gaps and fund popular social programs. But the vote reflected a broader referendum on her unpopular leadership amid Brazil’s worst economic crisis in 80 years and corruption scandals that have swept up much of the country’s political elite. Rousseff, the country's first female president, vowed that she will fight on, calling the impeachment vote “dirty,” “fraudulent” and “a coup.”
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