In a television interview, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff, currently on forced leave following congressional impeachment votes, held out the possibility of a new presidential election in the event she is returned to power later this year. Rousseff is awaiting a Senate vote, likely for early August, on whether to remove her from office permanently or re-instate her as president. The office is currently occupied, on an interim basis, by Vice President Michel Temer. Rousseff is charged with violating budget laws. In a television interview, Rousseff said, if she is re-instated, she will call a plebiscite to decide whether to conduct an immediate presidential election. “I believe the people must be consulted,” she said. The current presidential term of office ends on December 31, 2018. She did not say whether she would be a candidate in an eventual new election.
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