Year One Dilma Rousseff
With an approval rating of 72 percent, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff proved that “a technocrat who never worked as an elected official coule step out of her predecessor’s shaw and achieve success on her own terms.”
Dilma Rousseff has strengthened ties with the United States and was the first woman to address the opening session of the United Nations. Read on at Americas Society - Council of the Americas Jan. 19, 2012
Worker’s Party candidate Dilma Rousseff has won the presidency of Brazil with 55.96 percent of the vote, against the opposition’s Jose Serra. An economist and former energy minister, Dilma Rousseff had never run for office but was picked by Brazil’s extremely popular President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, to succeed him.
Under Lula’s leadership 20 million Brazilians, or more than 10 percent of the population, says the New York Times, were lifted out of poverty. Brazil has one of the hottest economies in the world.
The result completed a journey that took the new president “from jail and brutal torture by her military captors in the 1970s” to her global role as the first woman to lead Latin America’s largest economy as one of the BRIC (Brazil-Russia-India-China) nations.
Dilma Rousseff’s imprisonment and torture was unknown to us until now and not widely reported in prior news media articles.
The daughter of a well-to-do Bulgarian immigrant, Rousseff joined a leftist guerrilla group during the 1960s and resisted the military dictatorship of that era. She was then jailed for three years and repeatedly tortured with electric shocks. via New York Times
Brazil’s ruling party candidate Dilma Rousseff has regained a strong poll lead and is a favorite to win next weekend’s election for the Brazilian presidency after being forced into a runoff vote. Rousseff, who is the hand-picked successor to current President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will be leading one of the hottest emerging economies in the world if she wins.
Reuters outlines key differences between Dilma Rousseff and opposition candidate Jose Serra. The Economist argues why Serra is the better candidate, while agreeing that Rousseff will probably win the election.
Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s handpicked successor Dilma Rousseff, a former government chief of staff and a woman, is poised to become the president of one of the hottest economies and most influential countries in the world on Oct. 3.
Since we first wrote about Dilma Rousseff, her popularity has soared against Sao Paulo’s current governor Jose Serra.
In just four months, the centre-left Rousseff sprang from less than 30 per cent in vote intention to 51 per cent, which would give her the presidency without the need for a second round of voting. The Hindu reports extensive allegations of attempts to falsely smear Serra’s reputation.
Most pundits agree that what Lula wants, Lula will get with his 79% approval rankings among Brazilians.
The current president as ‘annointed’ Rousseff as his preferred successor, creating a strong possibility that Brazil will have its first female president. According to the BBC, Dilma Rousseff lacks charisma and will face a tough fight with Sao Paulo’s current governor Jose Serra, who has long sought to lead his country. Serra lost to President Lula in the second round of voting in the 2002 election.
Again, the BBC reports that Serra is lacking in personality, which may cause the election to focus on issues.