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Former leftist guerrilla Dilma Rousseff elected Brazil's first female president

42193.jpegDilma Rousseff, a former leftist guerrilla turned civil servant, was yesterday elected Brazil's first female head of state. She was declared the winner in a statement by the Supreme Electoral Court which said that, with 99 per cent of the votes counted, she had 55.6 per cent of the ballot. Jose Serra, her centrist rival, had 44.4 per cent.

As her triumph was confirmed, the new president-elect said: "I'm very happy. I want to thank all Brazilians for this moment and I promise to honour the trust they have shown me.", Independent reports.

An estimated 135 million Brazilians went to the polls yesterday to choose between the 62-year-old economist, who was the handpicked successor of Brazil's Workers' Party (PT) president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, and José Serra, a 68-year-old former health minister who was running for president for the second, and almost certainly last, time.

Speaking at a victory rally in the capital, Brasilia, Rousseff told jubilant supporters: "We cannot rest while Brazilians are going hungry, while families are living in the streets, while poor children are abandoned to their own fates and while crack and crack dens rule.", The Guardian informs.

 

A year after the constitutional referendum of December 4th, 2016 that saw the victory of the NAY and the blatant defeat of the government front that had proposed the referendum, it can be said with certainty that the trauma for the defeated is now past. But there is still fear in them, not so hidden either...

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