Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Friday delivered a milder speech than expected at a United Nations gathering of world leaders. Heads of state gathered to sign a landmark UN agreement on climate change. In her remarks, Rousseff mentioned what she called “a grave moment” in Brazil’s history. She added, “I am certain the Brazilian people will know how to prevent any retreat to the past.” Notably absence were terms such as “impeachment” and “coup d’etat.” Press reports had hinted at the possibility Rousseff would use strong language against her political adversaries or issue an appeal for support from other world leaders. Brazil’s Chamber of Deputies voted last Sunday to impeach the President on allegations of abuse of budgetary powers. The Brazilian Senate is now considering the impeachment issue.
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