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Brazil's Rousseff proposes plebiscite if restored to power

  • Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff rides her bicycle in front of the official residence Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday morning, Aug. 15, 2016. Brazil's Supreme Court announced Friday, Aug 12., that the final impeachment trial of the suspended leader will be held on Aug. 25. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff rides her bicycle in front of the official residence Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday morning, Aug. 15, 2016. Brazil's Supreme Court announced Friday, Aug 12., that the final impeachment trial of the suspended leader will be held on Aug. 25. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff rides her bicycle in front of the official residence Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday morning, Aug. 15, 2016. Brazil's Supreme Court announced Friday, Aug. 12, that the final impeachment trial of the suspended leader will be held on Aug. 25. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff rides her bicycle in front of the official residence Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Monday morning, Aug. 15, 2016. Brazil's Supreme Court announced Friday, Aug. 12, that the final impeachment trial of the suspended leader will be held on Aug. 25. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff reads a letter to the people and to the Senate from Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. President Rousseff is proposing to let Brazilians decide if they want to hold new, early presidential elections if lawmakers restore her to power. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

    Brazil's suspended President Dilma Rousseff reads a letter to the people and to the Senate from Alvorada Palace, in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016. President Rousseff is proposing to let Brazilians decide if they want to hold new, early presidential elections if lawmakers restore her to power. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)  (The Associated Press)

Brazil's suspended President Dima Rousseff is proposing to let Brazilians decide if they want to hold new, early presidential elections if lawmakers restore her to power.

Rousseff made the proposal Tuesday in a letter to lawmakers and the Brazilian people as the Senate readies to vote on whether to permanently remove her from office.

Under the plan, there would be a nationwide plebiscite on whether to call for new elections.

Rousseff's current term ends in 2018. If she's permanently removed, interim President Michel Temer would serve it out.