Brazil's Rousseff makes last bid for support

Apr 16, 2016, 8:18 PM EDT
Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff
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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has been holding last-minute talks with lawmakers a day before Congress votes on whether to impeach her.

The BBC reports:

She had been due to attend a rally but instead has been lobbying congress members and party leaders for support. Latest estimates suggest those in favour of impeachment have just enough votes for the motion to carry. Ms Rousseff is accused of manipulating government accounts. She says her opponents are mounting a "coup". The lower house of parliament began its debate on impeachment on Friday and a vote is expected on Sunday. The rowdy session went through the night and has continued on Saturday. If two-thirds back impeachment, it goes to the Senate, where a simple majority would suspend the president and instigate a trial. On Tuesday, Ms Rousseff, 68, suggested that Vice-President Michel Temer was one of the ringleaders of the "coup" attempt against her. She said a widely distributed audio message of Mr Temer appearing to accept replacing her as president was evidence of the conspiracy. However, she did not identify him by name. Ms Rousseff has also indicated lower house speaker Eduardo Cunha is among those trying to oust her. He is himself facing money-laundering and other charges. Metal barriers have been built outside parliament in Brasilia to keep rival protesters apart. Protest rallies are also expected in other cities.