In a rare interview with leading domestic news organizations Wednesday, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said she was “confident” of defeating congressional moves to impeach her. She added, “We will fight right up to the very last minute against this attempted coup d’etat.” The Chamber of Deputies is due to vote on an impeachment resolution this coming Sunday. The resolution accuses Rousseff of illegal manipulation of the federal budget. The President said, “If I win (on Sunday), I will propose a national pact, including the opposition; if I lose, I’ll be out of the game.” Brazil is currently confronting both a political crisis and a grave economic crisis. GDP is expected to shrink for the second year in a row in 2016 while inflation continues at nearly 10 percent. Pro-impeachment forces have been gaining ground in recent days. A poll of Chamber of Deputies members by the Estado de São Paulo news agency on Wednesday showed 312 supporting impeachment and only 125 opposed, with 76 undecided. Impeachment needs a two-thirds vote, or 342, to pass.
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