President Rousseff appeals for reprieve

Brasilia—Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said wednesday that she is “innocent” of charges leveled against her and asked the Senate to end a current impeachment process that could dismiss her administration.
“It is going to be necessary that the Senate close the impeachment process, recognizing that there was no crime of my responsibility, and that I am innocent”, Rousseff wrote in an open letter she read to the media at the presidential palace.
Rousseff also promised that if she is not dismissed at the trial that will begin Aug. 25, she would summon a plebiscite to allow voters to decide whether they want early presidential elections. The next elections are scheduled for 2019.
Rousseff is facing accusations of violating tax regulations on a federal budget in the run up to the 2014 elections. She has denied the allegations and said her predecessors took similar measures to calculate the budget.—Agencies

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