Collor hits back at his critics

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BRASILIA (Reuter) - President Fernando Collor de Mello attacked those accusing him of corruption as a 'coup syndicate' and claimed that they were plotting against the will of the people. 'If they continue to plot against the will of the people they will end up excommunicated by the silent and loyal multitude', he said.

Mr Collor's administration has been rocked by accusations that the President and close advisers were linked to a web of government corruption allegedly set up by Mr Collor's election campaign treasurer, Paulo Cesar Farias. Mr Collor and Mr Farias have denied the charges. Mr Collor's statement came the day after seven opposition parties said the President's protestations of innocence were unconvincing and demanded that a congressional inquiry into corruption home in on Mr Collor himself.