Expressing indignation at a congressional impeachment vote, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday said she will fight “every step of the way” to avoid removal from office. The Chamber of Deputies voted Sunday night 267-137 to impeach the President, charging her with manipulation of the federal budget and illegal interference in state-run financial institutions. It is now up to the Brazilian Senate to conduct a trial-like review of the evidence and then vote on whether to permanently remove her from office or allow her to continue to the end of her term in 2018. “I will fight every step of the way,” Rousseff said at a rare televised news conference. “I’m going to defend myself in the Senate.” She added, “I’m indignant. I received 54 million votes (in a successful 2014 re-election bid). I feel that an injustice has been done. It’s an injustice because there is no basis for any accusation.” Monday’s news conference marked Rousseff’s first public comments following the Chamber of Deputies vote.
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