If Brazil’s suspended President Dilma Rousseff is absolved from the impeachment process against her, she will promote a referendum so Brazilians can decide whether they want a new general election, she announced Tuesday.
The next general election in Brazil is scheduled for 2019, but during her announcement which was made during a press conference at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia, Rousseff said she would commit to organizing new elections.
The suspended Brazilian leader said the nation's citizens are demanding a "profound transformation" of the political system in the country, criticizing the practises of the country's elite.
“I ask senators not to commit an injustice and condemn me for a crime I didn’t commit. There is no greater justice than condemning an innocent person”
The Brazilian Senate begins the final phase of the impeachment process against Rousseff on August 26, a process that is expected to last several days and will conclude with either her permanent dismissal or her being reinstated as president.
"I have no secret bank accounts abroad, never stole a penny of public patrimony, and I didn’t receive bribes from anyone. This process of 'impeachment' is fragile, legally inconsistent, unfair and unleashed against an honest and innocent person," Rousseff said in her letter.
Rousseff called on the senators responsible for giving the final vote on the case to be just. The Senate will only need 54 of 81 votes from its members in order to impeach the suspended leader.
If the committee rules that Rousseff is guilty, interim President Michel Temer will continue in power. If acquitted, Temer will return to the vice presidency, a scenario analysts believe would lead to his resignation.
Rousseff recently branded the Senate's attempts to impeach her without any proof of illegality or evidence of corruption during her time as president is illegal.