Brazil’s president says, ‘I’m not guilty,’ but even allies wonder if she can survive

Dom Phillips – The Washington Post, 7/16/2015

Last week Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, looking increasingly isolated in a deepening political crisis, gave a newspaper interview to insist: “I’m not going to fall.”

Rousseff said she was “not guilty” in the multibillion-dollar corruption scandal at the state-run oil company Petrobras, even as a criminal investigation, dubbed Operation Car Wash, tightens around leading politicians from her ruling coalition.

On Tuesday police searched houses belonging to senator and former president Fernando Collor, impeached in 1992, and other allied politicians.

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