Dilma Rousseff

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Dilma and daughter, Jan. 1, 2011.

Dilma Rousseff (1947 - ) is the current President of Brazil. She is an economist and politician who became the first woman president of Brazil on January 1, 2011. Rousseff was Minister of Energy and later Chief of Staff in the administration of President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. She was a Marxist who was imprisoned for three years, during which she said she was tortured with electric shocks. Upon her release from prison in the early 1970s, she continued her political path and eventually joined da Silva's Worker's Party.[1]

Inside Congress, taking an oath before the people’s representatives, Dilma declared that:

she did not see her election as extolling her own accomplishments but as a glorification of the Brazilian woman. She said her election to command the country paid homage to all Brazilian women. “My commitment is to honor women, protect the weak and govern for all”.[2]

Rousseff has agreed not to legalize abortion.

“Personally, I am opposed to abortion and am in favor of maintaining the current law.”[3]

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