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Briefing As trial ends, Brazil's president makes one last bid to shape the story

Dilma Rousseff was suspended pending the outcome of her impeachment trial, which some see as democracy in action but others decry as an attempted coup. 

Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, who was suspended pending an impeachment trial, testified before the Senate today in her last defense before politicians vote on her permanent removal from office this week. The proceedings, which have officially been under way since April, have divided Brazilians. For some, this is a coup masquerading as democracy. But for others, it’s evidence of a robust democracy at work, holding the leftist leader, whose party has been in power for more than 13 years, responsible for what they see as bending the law to maintain control.

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