Brazil elects first woman president, current policies to continue

01 November 2010 03:37  [Source: ICIS news]

SINGAPORE (ICIS)--Brazil elected ruling Workers Party candidate Dilma Rousseff in a run-off election on Sunday, making her the first woman to be the head of state of the Latin American country, media reports said.

The 62-year old former leftist guerrilla who was imprisoned in 1970-1972 during Brazil’s military rule had secured 56% valid votes out of the 99% counted, against 44% for her opponent, Jose Serra, of the Social Democratic Party, the country’s Superior Electoral Court was quoted by the BBC as saying.

Rousseff, who will be sworn in as the president on 1 January, was quoted by media as pledging to continue with the policies of the present government, which has propelled Brazil to become the largest economy in Latin America.

The outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva - leaving after having completed two terms - had fully endorsed Rousseff's candidacy.

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