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Published 20 April 2016

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is facing impeachment for allegedly changing budget accounts ahead of her 2014 re-election. 

Diane Abbott, a British lawmaker and spokesperson for International Development for the Labour Party, issued a statement in support of beleaguered Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday.

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Adding to a letter by the United Kingdom’s Trades Union Congress (TUC) that proposed an international petition to demand Rousseff stay in power, Abbott raised her “concern about attempts to remove” the two time elected leader from power.

"As this TUC statement shows, there is growing concern about attempts to remove Brazil's elected President — growing concern in Brazil, in the region and internationally, especially as Brazil has had one of the most successful anti poverty programmes in the world in recent years," Abbott said.


The TUC, which represents the majority of trade unions in England and Wales, released a public letter Friday entitled, "TUC backs Brazilian unions in opposing elite coup attempt," in which it said Brazil is at a “turning point for the survival of democracy.

“The fight is between the party of exclusion, which is headed by neoliberals who want to return to government, and the party of inclusion, which for 13 years has been promoting justice and social inclusion and income distribution in our country,” the letter reads.

Abbott has been a member of parliament for the for the Hackney North and Stoke Newington constituency in East London since 1987 becoming the first black woman to have a seat in the House of Commons.

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