Rousseff says never thought to resign amid political crisis

Brazilian president says she never considered to quit from office as political crisis reduces her popular approval to record low in wake of recent Petrobras scandal

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Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said on Wednesday that she has never considered quitting from her post as the political crisis has been eroding her popular ratings since the last year’s Petrobras investigation.  

Speaking to Brazilian TV channel Sistema Brasileiro de Televisão (SPT) on Wednesday, Rousseff said that the recent political crises regarding the Petrobras scandal and impeachments on her government in the Congress would never hinder her efforts to revive Brazil’s flagging economy.

As the economy gradually stagnated, Rousseff’s policies came under criticism by her opponents who have impeached her for allegedly distorting fiscal stability by allowing her government to spend more in the run-up to her re-election in October last year.

The president of Brazil's Senate Renan Calheiros warned the Congress on Monday on impeachment attempts that aimed at removal of Rousseff from the post would "set the country on fire."

But the opposition parties in Brazil prepare a nationwide demonstration against Rousseff on Sunday during which they will reiterate impeachment and call for resignation of the incumbent Rousseff government.  

Meanwhile, thousands of women farmers marched through Brasilia city, the federal capital of the country, in order to show their support for Rousseff ahead of the opposition’s planned anti-Rousseff rally on Sunday.

Nearly 35,000 people were said to have attended to the "March of the Daisies," which was organised by Rousseff’s leftist followers linked to her incumbent Workers’ Party.

Rousseff’s predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Tuesday reassured the farmers as he said, "Some people have yet to realize the election ended on October 26 and Dilma is the president of this country."

Rousseff's popularity has recently decreased mostly due to declining economic growth and hikes in unemployment rate and inflation, while she was accused of a corruption scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras since last year when she was reelected for a second term.

According to recent opinion polls, seven out of 10 Brazilians demand that Rousseff to be impeached and kept responsible from the recent corruption scandals, including the Petrobras and massive backlash in country’s stagnant economy.

Brazil’s economy seems to have been experiencing recession after a quarter century of growth which declined to just 0.1 percent last year.

The Brazilian government forecasts a 1.2 percent growth in 2015 despite the fact that the country had already organised the FIFA World Cup in 2014 and will organise the Olympic Games next year in Rio de Janeiro.

Rousseff-led Workers’ Party announced an ambitious infrastructure plan in June in a bid to stoke the country’s faltering economy through investments in roads, railways, airports and harbour terminals.

The $64 billion-worth (198.4 reais) plan, dubbed PIL 2, aimed to restore the world's seventh-largest and the biggest economy in Latin America, hereby to bring back Rousseff’s eroding popularity due to high inflation, rising unemployment and corruption scandals.

Rousseff regards the country’s huge infrastructure projects as an economic and political tool for securing Brazil’s role as regional leader in Latin America.

She said the envisaged project would be a turning point  in a "gradual and realistic" way in her second term in office of presidency.


TRTWorld, Reuters