The embattled Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff has vowed to resist every intimidation and fight on if the impeachment move against her succeeds.
Speaking to BBC, she described herself as an “innocent victim” who will “keep fighting… to come back to government if the impeachment request is accepted”.
Rousseff is accused of manipulating government accounts, which she denies but the pressure of impeachment intensifies.
It was also alleged that the budget figures in 2014 was manipulated to make her government’s economic performance appear better than it was – ahead of her re-election.
The president has defended her government’s fiscal measures as common practice in Brazil.
The Senate is expected to decide whether to start an impeachment trial next week which could lead to her suspension from office for 180 days if not in her favour.
Recent polls conducted by Brazil’s major newspapers suggest that a majority of the 81 senators will vote in favour of the trial.
In the wide-ranging interview with the BBC’s Wyre Davies, President Rousseff also said:
“Yes, I believe, indeed, that I am a victim. And, of course, yes I am innocent. And at the same time, I am an innocent victim
“What we in the government believe and what my supporters believe is that the ongoing impeachment process is illegitimate and illegal.
“Because it is ultimately based on a lie, i.e. an indirect election under the guise of an impeachment process.
“What we will do is to resist, to resist, and to resist. And further fight to ensure that we will come out victorious on a merit basis and resume office.” She stated.