I will be very sad if I miss Olympics - Brazilian President

By Daily Sports on April 28, 2016

Views: 1,627

When her country signed on to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, Dilma Rousseff was there from the beginning.

But now, with efforts to impeach the Brazilian President gaining steam, Rousseff could be sidelined whenthe Games begin. If senators pass an impeachment motion, she'll have to step down for 180 days to defend herself.

"If that happens, I will be very sad. ... I would very much like to take part in the Olympic process, because I helped build the effort from day one," Rousseff told CNN's Christiane Amanpour in an exclusive interview set to air Thursday.

If a Senate committee recommends her impeachment and a majority of senators approve the motion, Rousseff could be suspended as early as May -- about three months before the Summer Olympics are set to kick off in Rio de Janeiro.

The event was supposed to showcase Brazil as a rising power on the global stage. But these days, the hurdles her country is facing in a massive corruption scandal seem to be springing up faster than runners on an Olympic racetrack.

In a wide-ranging interview with CNN's Amanpour, Rousseff defended her record, vowed to keep fighting and argued that what she's done as President has very little to do with the impeachment firestorm.

"I think there is a very strong element that has to do with the fact that I am a woman," Rousseff said.

"They have often said that I was a very harsh woman."

"And I have always replied as follows, 'Yes, I am a harsh woman, surrounded by cute, polite, gentle and kind men around me," Rousseff said with a wry smile. "Only women are described as being harsh in office when they take a position.'"

Rousseff had high approval ratings when she became Brazil's first female President in 2010. Now she's a highly unpopular President with an approval rating near 10% thanks to the worst recession in decades and a bribery scandal involving state-run oil company Petrobras and dozens of politicians in her party and governing coalition.

The President herself is not implicated in the scandal, but millions of Brazilians have taken to the streets to demand her ouster over the institutional corruption and tanking economy. Last week the country's lower house overwhelmingly approved a motion for her impeachment. She's accused of breaking budgetary laws by borrowing from state banks to cover a shortfall in Brazil's deficit and pay for popular social programs.

Rousseff has argued that other leaders have used the same accounting approach and that she's done nothing that violates the Constitution. Low approval ratings, she said, shouldn't be what fuels a push to remove a democratically elected leader from office.

"In Brazil ... just as is the case in the U.S., no one can carry out an impeachment process out of sheer unpopularity of the President, because unpopularity is a cyclical thing," Rousseff said. "Because if it were not so, all Presidents, all Prime Ministers in Europe that experienced 20% unemployment rates would inevitably have to go through an impeachment process. Because they, too, experienced substantial drops in their popularity."

In her interview with Amanpour, Rousseff repeated her accusation that efforts to impeach her amount to a coup. And she vowed not to back down.

"I will fight to survive, not just for my term in office," Rousseff said, "but I will fight, because what I am advocating and defending is the democratic principle that governs political life in Brazil."

•Gotten from CNNSports. Photo shows Brazil President Dilma Rousseff

Source Daily Sports

Posted April 28, 2016


 

You may also like...
NPFL leaders Plateau United suffer first loss

Rivers United hand Eguma three-match ultimatum

Mourinho rules out Real Madrid return

El-Kanemi ready for new season —Obaseki •Signs top...

Expert Blames Poor Sports Performance On Low Quality...

French Open decides on Sharapova today

 

Latest News No Gate Fees For Super Eagles Vs Sierra Leone: Obaseki Throws Stadium Gates Open Drama As Anambra FA Sole Chairmanship Candidate Loses Election Ronaldo Recovers From COVID-19 Wolves Vanquish Crystal Palace To Go Third On EPL Table DreamStar FC Ladies Set To Host Delta Queens In 2020/2021 NWFL Opener CAF President Ahmad Tests Positive For Covid-19 Van Dijk’s Knee Surgery A Success: Liverpool Nwakaeme Bags Brace In Victory Over Trabzonspor Tuchel Expects Injured Neymar To Return End Of November Guardiola Leads Calls To Allow Five Subs In Premier League Again Why I Left Chelsea For Manchester United — Mata Zidane Denies Problem Between Benzema And Vinicius

 

Most Read Rangers International going, going . . . (47,508 views) Amaju Pinnick: A cat with nine lives (39,194 views) Missing $150,000 IAAF Grant: Solomon Dalung’s Hide and Seek game (37,656 views) Second Term: Amaju Pinnick, Other NFF Heavyweights Home to Roost •How Pinnick Broke the Jinx (37,365 views) Sports Development: Zenith Bank on the zenith (37,333 views) Gov. Abdullahi Ganduje’s solid footprints, commitment to sports development in Kano State (36,613 views) Current issues in Nigerian sports: Matters arising (36,429 views) Olopade, BET9A wave of revolution in NNL (35,516 views) NFF Presidency: Pinnick, Maigari, Ogunjobi, Okoye in Battle for Supremacy (35,138 views) Commonwealth Games 2018: Shame of Muhammadu Buhari, Solomon Dalung (34,776 views) Ibrahimovic’s Man U exit: Whose decision is it? And in whose interest? (32,714 views) John Mikel Obi: Segun Odegbami’s Outrageous Call! (32,253 views)

 

 


 

News Athletics (339) Basketball (213) Boxing (622) Columnists (600) Euro Soccer Update (9063) Fans Assembly (4) From the Grassroots (64) Golf (89) Interviews (16) Live Commentary (4) News (6677) NPL Glo Premier League (1204) People and Places (22) Readers Parliament (9) Tennis (695)

 

 

 

Phone numbers

Tel: +234(0)8066020976
+234(0)8055068145
+234(0)7013416146
+234(0)8094272884

Email addresses

info@dailysportsng.com
support@dailysportsng.com
publisher@dailysportsng.com

Office address

No 3, Adetoun Close, Off College Road, Ogba, Ikeja Lagos.
Website: www.dailysportsng.com

Social Media