Brasilia, Aug 30: Dilma Rousseff, Brazil's suspended president, proclaimed innocence on Monday (Aug 29) and hit out at the senators saying history would not spare them if they removed a democratically elected leader on grounds of false accusations.
Rousseff's much-anticipated address to the senators who will decide on the fate of Brazil's first woman president this week was marked by the same defying tone which was seen throughout the impeachment procedure in South America's largest nation.
Rousseff, 68, who is in the middle of her second term, has been accused of violating fiscal rules to hide budgetary loopholes. There is also anger against the political paralysis and the massive corruption scandal around Petrobras, the state oil firm.
Voting on Rousseff's fate will begin on Tuesday and her conviction would mark the end of the 14-year-rule of the leftist Workers' Party.
Rousseff, however, hasn't given up till it is really over. She backed herself before the senate, saying her conscience was clear and she did not do anything wrong. Accusing her opponents of staging a "coup", Rousseff said her re-election as the president in 2014 proved that she had always abided by the constitution and did what was best for Brazil.
Rousseff, the 36th president of Brazil, was once a guerrilla figher who was put behind the bars and tortured during the days of dictatorship in Brazil.