Ruling Party, Rousseff Set To Become Brazil’s First Woman President
BRASILIA, Nov 1 – Ruling party candidate Dilma Rousseff is set to become Brazil’s first woman President after winning the run-off vote against Jose Serra, Qatar News Agency (QNA) reported, citing the Sky News report Monday.
Rousseff had 55.8 per cent of the votes against 44.2 per cent for centrist candidate Serra with more than 97 per cent of the total counted.
She will be sworn in as President on Jan 1 next year.
Rousseff, 62, a career civil servant who has never held an elected office before, was bolstered by the support of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Rousseff pledged to continue Lula’s popular social programmes which had helped take 20 million Brazilians out of poverty since he took office in 2003.
Rousseff will lead a nation due to host the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, by which time it is expected to be the globe’s fifth-largest economy.
Rousseff was a key player in an armed militant group that resisted the junta and was imprisoned and tortured for it.
A cancer survivor, she is a former minister of energy and chief of staff to Lula.