March 7, 2016 / 2:02 PM / 2 years ago

Brazil's Rousseff blames political crisis on opponents

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff on Monday blamed the country’s political crisis on her opponents for not accepting their defeat in the 2014 elections and wanting to bring forward new elections scheduled for 2018.

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff speaks during a news conference at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil March 4, 2016. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Rousseff, speaking at the opening of a low-cost housing project in Rio Grande do Sul state, criticized as unnecessary the detention of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Friday for questioning in the Petrobras graft scandal.

The implication of Lula in the corruption probe has deepened Brazil’s political crisis and boosted efforts by Rousseff’s opponents to impeach the president and invalidate her 2014 re-election.

Reporting by Anthony Boadle; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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