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Brazil’s first woman president sworn in

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Domain-b.com has reported that Brazil’s first woman president, Dilma Rousseff, has been sworn in at a ceremony in the nation’s capital.

Rousseff, a former Marxist guerrilla, was tortured in prison in the 1970s for opposing the then-military government. She has served as chief of staff in the Lula government since 2005 subsequent to other government positions.

Lula, Brazil’s first working-class president, stepped down after serving two consecutive terms with policies that transformed the nation into a healthy economy and a recognised global power.

His most popular policy was successful in propelling millions out of poverty through the ‘Bolsa Familia’ programme.

In her speech at the ceremony, Rousseff placed emphasis on tax reforms, environment, health, and regional development.

“The task of succeeding President Lula is challenging. I will know how to honour this legacy,” Rousseff said.

According to some observers, Rousseff lacks the charisma of her predecessor but carries the reputation of a strong and astute bureaucrat.

On his return to his home in the outskirts of Sao Paulo, Lula said, ”I have returned home with my head held high, and with the feeling of having succeeded.”

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