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Brasília---Brazilian President Dilma
Rousseff said she had committed no
crime and would never resign despite
corruption allegations, as the scandal
threatening her government escalated
with dozens of new arrests.
In a defiant speech from the pres-
idential palace, the leftist leader accused
her opponents of seeking to stage a
"coup against democracy," with
impeachment proceedings and mass
protests calling for her ouster.
"I will never resign," she told a cheer-
ing crowd of supporters. "Not under
Rousseff s presidency appears to be
in peril as she fights impeachment,
protests, recession and scandal.
And her decision to call her pred-
ecessor and mentor, Luiz Inacio Lula
da Silva, to the rescue backfired last
week when a Supreme Court judge
blocked his appointment as her chief
of staff over pending corruption charges.
Another Supreme Court judge
refused Tuesday to rule on Lula s
request to overturn that decision.
But yet another high court judge
requested that the anti-corruption
investigation hand over Lula s case, on
grounds that it affects people who are
under immunity, such as Rousseff.
The full Supreme Court is expected
to issue a definitive ruling on Lula s
appointment---which comes with min-
isterial immunity---sometime after it
reconvenes on March 30.
Lula, who presided over a booming
Brazil from 2003 to 2011, faces money-
laundering charges related to a multi-
billion-dollar corruption scandal cen-
tered on state oil company Petrobras
that has unleashed a political crisis.
The scandal expanded yet again as
federal police staged raids in nine states
across the country to execute 43 arrest
warrants or temporary detention orders.
The raids targeted construction giant
Odebrecht, which investigators accuse
of colluding with competitors to divvy
up Petrobras contracts over the course
of a decade, paying huge bribes and
then inflating the contracts by even
Former chief executive Marcelo Ode-
brecht was sentenced to nearly 20 years
in prison earlier this month, but pros-
ecutors said he had shown the "audac-
ity" to keep ordering bribe payments
even after his detention.
Investigators said bribes of up to $2.5
million at a time were paid out at hotels,
in cash. In an indication the scandal
may spread further, investigators said
one of the projects for which Odebrecht
paid bribes was the Sao Paulo stadium
that hosted the opening match of the
2014 World Cup.
Prosecutor Carlos dos Santos Lima
said the investigation "is going to touch
other areas besides the oil sector."
"A lot of things are going to be dis-
covered," he told a press conference.
The crisis is threatening the "demo-
cratic stability" of Brazil, warned Alicia
Barcena, the head of a UN panel for
the region, the Economic Commission
for Latin America and the Caribbean.
Investigators say the ruling Workers
Party was directly involved in the cor-
ruption, which Petrobras estimates cost
it more than $2 billion.
Rousseff is accused of manipulating
the government s accounts to boost
public spending and hide the magnitude
of the recession.
Government lawyer Jose Eduardo
Cardozo said the case amounts to a
"pretext for impeachment."
Senate speaker Renan Calheiros, a
centrist seen as close to Rousseff, cau-
tioned the congressional committee
that it needed solid evidence.
"An impeachment that doesn t spec-
ify the crime committed by the pres-
ident of the republic has another name,"
he said alluding to the pro-government
camp s cries of a "coup."
Rousseff s opponents meanwhile
failed in a bid to expand the official
impeachment accusation to include
new allegations from a senator charged
in the scandal that the president used
dirty Petrobras money to fund her cam-
There are signs the opposition is
preparing for a post-Rousseff future.
Opposition leader Aecio Neves, who
narrowly lost the 2014 election to
Rousseff, met Monday with Vice Pres-
ident Michel Temer, the next in line
for the presidency.
Newspaper O Globo reported Tues-
day that Rousseff s camp now calculates
the number of lawmakers in the lower
house of Congress who are loyal to the
president has fallen from about 250
two weeks ago to 172.
That is dangerously close to the min-
imum of 171 needed to block a two-
thirds vote to open an impeachment
trial. Sixty-eight per cent of Brazilians
favour impeachment, according to poll-
Cartoon images of Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in prison garb and Brazil's President
Dilma Rousseff stand inside a mock jail during a protest calling for her impeachment, and against the naming
of her mentor as the new chief of staff, outside Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday.
Rousseff: I will never resign
As Brazil scandal escalates...
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