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Brazil's Rousseff Rejects Impeachment 'Coup'

The dismissal of Brazil's president upsets relations with Latin American governments as Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia recall their ambassadors in protest

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Brazil's sacked president Dilma Rousseff has branded the vote to remove her from office at an impeachment trial a "parliamentary coup" and vowed a comeback by her Workers' Party.

"They decided to interrupt the mandate of a president who had committed no crime. They have convicted an innocent person and carried out a parliamentary coup," she said.

She spoke surrounded by supporters after a majority of senators voted to remove her from office on the grounds she broke state accounting laws.

Her conservative rival Michel Temer was sworn in as her replacement later on Wednesday.

"Temer out!" Rousseff's supporters yelled.

The impeachment vote ended 13 years of government by the leftist Workers' Party in Latin America's biggest economy.

But senators fell short of the majority vote needed to bar Rousseff from public office.

"We will be back. We will be back to continue our course towards a Brazil in which the people are sovereign," Rousseff vowed.

The dismissal of Brazil's president upset relations with leftist Latin American governments on Wednesday as Venezuela, Ecuador and Bolivia recalled their ambassadors to protest what they called a "coup" and the new regime in Brasilia responded in kind.

"This coup d'etat isn't just against Dilma. It is against Latin America and the Caribbean. It is against us," said Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro.

He said the United States was behind the impeachment push.

Brazil's central bank left unchanged on Wednesday its benchmark interest rate as Latin America's largest economy remains mired in recession and high inflation.

The central bank, as expected, kept the key Selic rate at 14.25 per cent.

Israel-born Governor Ilan Goldfajn, who was appointed by Brazil's new president Temer, has made reining in spiraling prices his top priority.

(Agencies)


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