Just weeks before the 2016 Rio Olympics, Brazil is facing a major political and economic crisis.

Suspended Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff is awaiting a final vote on her ongoing impeachment trial over charges that she broke budgetary rules during her re-election campaign. Supporters of the leader, however, say she is the victim of a coup.

In a special interview, Mehdi Hasan speaks to former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso about why he supports Rousseff's impeachment.

"This is a crime against the constitution. This is a political crime. It is a lack of responsibility," Cardoso says.

The former president also expresses concern over how Rousseff's impeachment proceedings might affect Brazil's image at a time when Rio will be hosting the summer Olympic Games.

"I would prefer to have a more sound nation to show the world," Cardoso says.

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Source: Al Jazeera