Brazil’s President says she will fight on

Brazil’s beleaguered President Dilma Rousseff says she is an innocent victim and will fight on as possible impeachment looms.

She vowed to keep fighting to come back to government if the impeachment request is accepted.

Ms Rousseff is accused of manipulating government accounts, which she denies.

The Senate will decide whether to start an impeachment trial next week. If that happens she will be suspended from office for 180 days.

Recent polls conducted by Brazil’s major newspapers suggest that a majority of the 81 senators will vote in favour of the trial.

President Rousseff also said not enough efforts had been made to tackle corruption in Brazil, but the degree of effectiveness increased during her administration.

She said receiving the Olympic torch for the Rio 2016 Games was a “bittersweet moment,” as there was no certainty that she would attend the summer event as president.

“Yes, I believe, indeed, that I am a victim. And, of course, yes I am innocent. And at the same time, I am an innocent victim.

“What we in the government believe and what my supporters believe is that the ongoing impeachment process is illegitimate and illegal.

“Because it is ultimately based on a lie, i.e. an indirect election under the guise of an impeachment process,” Ms Rousseff said.

And the president stressed that  what they will do is to resist and further fight to ensure that they will come out victorious on a merit basis and resume office.

Ms Rousseff is accused of manipulating budget figures in 2014 to make her government’s economic performance appear better than it was – ahead of her re-election.

The president has defended her government’s fiscal measures as common practice in Brazil.