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Impeached Brazil leader Rousseff eyes political return

Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks with AFP during an interview in Brazil on February 17, 2017 about the possibility of running for a seat in Congress in the next elections
Former Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff speaks with AFP during an interview in Brazil on February 17, 2017 about the possibility of running for a seat in Congress in the next elections (AFP Photo/EVARISTO SA)

Brasília (AFP) – Six months after her humiliating departure from Brazil’s presidency following an impeachment trial, Dilma Rousseff is contemplating her political future.

During an exclusive interview with AFP, she appeared more relaxed than she was during August’s emotional impeachment spectacle.

That event was not the end of her political battle, she said. On her Twitter account, she still calls herself “Brazilian President-elect.”

“I will not run for president again,” the 69-year-old leftist leader said in the capital Brasilia.

“But I will never give up politics. I do not rule out the possibility of running for the office of senator or deputy.”

– Corruption, elections –

Rousseff’s conservative rivals ousted her by securing an impeachment vote against her over allegations that she fiddled state accounts.

She denied the charges and branded the impeachment drive a politically motivated “coup.”

“That was the enemy’s idea of justice,” she says. “Not to judge me — to destroy me.”

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