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5/12/16

Brazil: Suspended Brazilian president Rousseff vows to fight on

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said she would keep fighting impeachment charges and was confident she would be declared innocent, after the Senate voted on Thursday to put her on trial for breaking budgetary rules.

"I may have made mistakes but I did not commit any crime," a stern-faced Rousseff said, in an address before leaving the Planalto presidential palace flanked by dozens of supporters. She called the impeachment process "fraudulent" and "a coup."

The Brazilian Senate voted in favor of putting President Dilma Rousseff on trial for breaking budget laws by 55 votes to 22.

After being officially notified, Brazil's first woman president was suspended, ending 13 years of rule by the leftist Workers Party, and Vice President Michel Temer became acting president during her trial.

Outside Congress, where a metal fence was erected to keep apart rival protests, about 6,000 backers of impeachment had earlier chanted "Out with Dilma" while police used pepper spray to disperse gangs of Rousseff supporters, who hurled flares back. One person was arrested for inciting violence.

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