Brazil's Dilma Rousseff says opponents lack legal basis to impeach her

Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, speaks during the inauguration ceremony for the new Brazilian Treasury Minister, Nelson Barbosa, at Planalto Palace, Brasilia, Brazil, on Dec 21, 2015.
Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, speaks during the inauguration ceremony for the new Brazilian Treasury Minister, Nelson Barbosa, at Planalto Palace, Brasilia, Brazil, on Dec 21, 2015.PHOTO: EPA

BRASILIA (Reuters)- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff said on Tuesday (Dec 22) that her opponents' bid to impeach her has no legal basis since there are no charges against her.

At the opening of a metro station in the northeastern city of Salvador, Rousseff said a country cannot resort to impeachment just because it does not like its president, and said Brazil should focus on restoring economic growth and creating jobs.

A ruling by Brazil's Supreme Court last week improved Rousseff's chances of surviving the impeachment process that has created political uncertainty and deepened a recession.