Brazil's Congress launched impeachment proceedings against the country's president, Dilma Rousseff, late on Wednesday, as the economic and political turmoil worsens in Latin America's biggest economy.
Lower house speaker, Eduardo Cunha, finally agreed to open proceedings against Rousseff, who is accused of manipulating government finances to get re-elected last year.
Rousseff slammed the move, for which she said there was no legal justification.
"My present and my past vouch for my honesty and my unquestionable commitment to the law," Rousseff said in a televised address, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The impeachment proceedings began when Cunha's party, the centrist Democratic Movement Party (PMBD), broke ties with Rousseff's center-left Workers Party (PT) in September.
Cunha said he had rejected most of the 34 previous impeachment requests as they happened before Rousseff's current mandate in 2014. The petition he did accept included accusations covering 2015 and was filed by several jurists, including Helio Bicudo, one of the PT's founders.