Dilma Rousseff sworn in as Brazil's new president

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
January 1, 2011 20:01




BRASILIA, Brazil — Dilma Rousseff was sworn in as Brazil's  first female president Saturday, capping a rapid political trajectory for the career technocrat and former Marxist rebel who was imprisoned and tortured during the nation's long military dictatorship.

Rousseff, 63, takes the helm of Latin America's largest nation, which has risen both financially and politically on the world stage under outgoing leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Silva leaves office as the nation's most popular president with an approval rating that hit 87 percent in his last week in office. Rousseff was his hand-chosen successor.


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