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Meet Brazil’s New President

Posted on Jan 1, 2011
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History maker: Rousseff is a former Marxist rebel who spent three years in prison in the early 1970s for resisting military rule.

Brazil’s first female president has finally been sworn into office. Dilma Rousseff, a protégé of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, promised to protect the most vulnerable of Brazilian society in her inaugural speech Saturday. —JCL

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Brazil’s first woman President, Dilma Rousseff, has been sworn into office.

She took over from her mentor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who stepped down after two terms as the most popular president in the country’s history.

After taking the oath of office, Ms Rousseff promised in a speech to protect the most vulnerable in Brazilian society and govern for all.

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By samosamo, January 2, 2011 at 5:09 pm Link to this comment


The american ‘shock doctrine’ in South America
hopefully will keep Dilma Rousseff wary of u.s.
hegemony and the imf, world bank, wto, council
of foreign relations and the trilateral commission
at bay. If she doesn’t, I guess the previous
incursions of these american made products were
not instructive enough in the devastation they

If fact, Allende in Chile, replaced by pinochet, was
one of kissassingers finest diplomatic moves of
destroying a democratically elected president of a
foreign country. Argentina also enjoyed some of
american ‘democracy’ being shoved down their

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By Conden, January 1, 2011 at 8:35 pm Link to this comment

Lula took a strong rightward turn in his presidency; I doubt his appointed successor is going to do any different, regardless of identity politics.

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