Rousseff fights for survival at trial

RIO DE JANEIRO - Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff has defended her record during her impeachment trial in the Senate.

She is accused of illegally manipulating the budget to hide a growing deficit.

Ms Rousseff said her conscience was "absolutely clean" and that she had not committed any crime.

Senators are due to vote later this week on whether to remove her from office for good or whether to reinstate her.

Ms Rousseff is accused of breaking fiscal laws.

She is suspected of moving funds between government budgets, which is illegal under Brazilian law.

Her critics say she was trying to plug deficit holes in popular social programmes to boost her chances of being re-elected for a second term in October 2014.

Ms Rousseff began her defence by reminding senators that she had been re-elected by more than 54 million voters.

She said she had always honoured and upheld the Constitution.

She also reminded senators of her past as a resistance fighter who opposed military rule.

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