Brazil’s embattled President Dilma Rousseff says sexism is motivating calls for her impeachment.
“There has been, mixed in all of this, a large amount of prejudice against women,” Rousseff said at a press conference, according to Reuters.
The country’s first female President said the move to dismiss her had no legal basis, after the male-majority lower house of Congress helped clear the way to her impeachment in a Sunday vote.
The case heads to the Senate next, Reuters reports. Barring a delay, the opposition is expected to secure a majority Senate vote, which would lead to Rousseff’s suspension and trial. She faces charges of breaking budgetary laws, which allegedly lowered the budget deficit artificially during her re-election campaign.