December 22, 2015 / 2:57 PM / 2 years ago

Brazil's Rousseff says opponents lack legal basis to impeach her

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said on Tuesday that her opponents’ bid to impeach her has no legal basis since there are no charges against her.

At the opening of a metro station in the northeastern city of Salvador, Rousseff said a country cannot resort to impeachment just because it does not like its president, and said Brazil should focus on restoring economic growth and creating jobs.

A ruling by Brazil’s Supreme Court last week improved Rousseff’s chances of surviving the impeachment process that has created political uncertainty and deepened a recession.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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