Rousseff accuses VP of part in ‘coup’

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President Rousseff is fending off impeachment proceedings in Congress

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has denounced a “coup” plot against her, suggesting that Vice President Michel Temer is one of the “conspirators”.

The president – who is facing impeachment in the national Congress – hinted that he was one of the ringleaders of a plot to overthrow her.

She said an audio message released on Monday by Mr Temer, who she did not name, was evidence of the conspiracy.

The message by Mr Temer called for a government of national unity.

Correspondents say that it implied that Ms Rousseff’s impeachment had already happened. Mr Temer says the message was released by accident.

“They now are conspiring openly, in the light of day, to destabilise a legitimately elected president,” the president said.

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