Dilma Rousseff succeeded former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (2003-2010) as the 36th President of Brazil since 2011. Her approval rating held at 14 percent, according to the ibope poll released by the National Industry Confederation, or CNI. The percentage of those who consider her government good or very good was 10 percent, compared with 9 percent in a previous poll in December.
Brazilian citizens expected the market and economy to continue to grow, following the success rating of former President Lula, however, the economy started to deteriorate and soon people were divided between those benefitting from the social programs created and maintained by the Partido dos Trabalhadores party and the poverty, unemployment and taxes growth.
While her popularity lowered, taxes and inflation rose, investigations of fraud and money laundry have surfaced and her impeachment that has been speculated since she was reelected is close to happening this Sunday, April 17, 2016.
Addressing the country in a video, Dilma states that this impeachment is the largest legal and political fraud in the history of politics, which she refers to as “putschist adventure” and claims these putschists want to revoke rights as “Bolsa Família” and “Minha casa, minha vida” (My House, My Life) social programs created by the PT/Worker’s party.
“There isn’t any denunciation of corruption and embezzlement against me. I’ve never prevented investigations against whoever it might be. The complaints against me under investigation in the National Congress is nothing but a fraud, the largest legal fraud in the history of the country.”
She is reaching out to citizens to not only support her in her position but also in maintaining the country a democracy reassuring that she has never been involved in fraud and there is no proof that she was ever associated with any o the claims she has been accused of.
“Next Sunday we will have the opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to democracy, freedom and the rule of law. What is at stake is not only my mandate. It’s the respect for the sovereign will of the Brazilian people, respect to the voters. (…) so it is my duty to clarify the facts and report the risks of this putschist adventure to the country. “
The President urged “Brazilian citizens, I turn to you to ask you to continue defending the democratic legality. Keep mobilizing in schools, in the streets, at work and in social networks. (…) no government is legitimate unless it is born of popular vote.” She asked supporters to “keep protesting” until next Sunday, when the voting for impeachment will happen at Câmara dos Deputados (The Chamber of Deputies).