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Brazilian president calls her removal a nonmilitary ‘coup’ and vows to fight impeachment

Brazilian president calls her removal a nonmilitary ‘coup’ and vows to fight impeachment

The leader of Latin America's largest country has been removed from office against her will, but Dilma Rousseff remained defiant as she left the presidential palace on Thursday, repeating accusations that the new, more conservative government took power through a nonmilitary “coup.”

As she rallied supporters, her former ally Vice President Michel Temer took the reins of power and scrambled to assemble a new government, which will have to overcome accusations that it seized power illegitimately, while also confronting Brazil’s worst recession in decades.

Until recently considered a model for economic growth and social progress, Brazil is facing rising...

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