March 30, 2016 / 8:32 PM / a year ago

Rousseff calls impeachment effort 'coup', vows to keep social programs

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Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff speaks as she announces the third tranche of a government housing program at the Planalto Palace in Brasilia, Brazil, March 30, 2016.Adriano Machado

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Wednesday called current efforts to impeach her in Congress a "coup" and said she would continue to fight for social programs despite an ongoing recession.

Rousseff, announcing the third tranche of a government housing program, during a speech in Brasilia discredited efforts by opposition lawmakers to oust her because of irregularities in the government budget.

Reporting by Paulo Prada, Editing by Franklin Paul

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