Brazil Elects First Female President

Dilma Rousseff has won Brazil's presidential runoff and is making history in the process.

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Brazil's President-elect Dilma Rousseff

Dilma Rousseff has won Brazil's presidential runoff, making her the first female president of South America's largest and most populous country. She campaigned on improving Brazil's infrastructure, education and health care. Rousseff, a former Marxist rebel who later became outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's energy minister and chief of staff, defeated the opposition candidate, Sao Paulo Gov. Jose Serra, by receiving 56 percent of the vote to his 44 percent. Rousseff must now deliver on her promise to improve Brazil's infrastructure, education and health care. If she has been paying attention to the United States, then she knows that as the first female president of Brazil, she has half the amount of time of her male predecessors to get twice the amount of work done. Boa sorte, Presidenta Rousseff!

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