NEW YORK, April 23 (UPI) -- Brazil's president, Dilma Rousseff, argued during her New York visit there is "no legal foundation" to support her impeachment.
In the city Friday to attend the United Nations' Climate Ceremony, Rousseff sought international support after a motion to strip her of her position was passed by Brazil's lower house earlier this week.
Rousseff denounced Brazilian lawmakers in favor of her exit, calling them "coup mongers" and "conspirators" during a press conference with foreign journalists.
"I am willing to fight to ensure that Brazil will not be a country where the democratic rule is broken," she said. "I am a victim of a plot."
The Guardian described the news conference as a "last-ditch attempt" to garner support after the lower house vote. She is now weeks away from being forced to step down from the presidency to make way for Vice President Michel Temer to be sworn in.
"In the past, coups were carried out with machine guns, tanks and weapons," Rousseff continued. "Today all you need are hands that are willing to tear up the Constitution."
Outside the conference, which took place at Brazil's official residence in New York, groups of supporters and protesters held up signs regarding the issue. Supporters reportedly waved messages including "Defend democracy" and "Stop the coup," while those opposed carried signs which read "It's not a coup, it's justice."
In the event of her impeachment, Rousseff said she would ask the South American trade bloc Mercosur to drop the country as a member for undermining the democratic process, BBC reported. But she would continue to fight against her impeachment.
Rousseff has been openly criticized by mainstream news outlets in Brazil after her administration was accused of covering up budget gaps with funds from state-owned banks. Rousseff claims none of her camp's actions were illegal.
On April 17, Brazil's lower house approved the motion to impeach Rousseff after five hours of deliberation. The embattled president could be suspended as early as May, three months before the Summer Olympics begin in Rio De Janeiro.