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How will Brazil's new president shape the country?

07:52 UK time, Monday, 1 November 2010

Dilma Rousseff of the governing Workers' Party has been elected president of Brazil. What does this mean for the future of the country?

Ms Rousseff is the first woman to be elected as president of the country, succeeding president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Ms Rousseff, who had never before held elected office, used her victory speech to say that she would work to eliminate poverty.

She also said that her election as the country's first female leader was a sign of the democratic progress Brazil had made.

Are you in Brazil? What challenges does Ms Rousseff face? Can she shake off the shadow of Lula? Is it significant that a woman has been elected as president?

Brazilian voters react

Thank you for your comments. This debate is now closed.

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    not surprise because the political development at Brasil.

  • Comment number 2.

    Although I'm not in Brazil (I live in Spain), I am Brazilian and have followed with maximum interest the Presidential Election in my country. I think that Mr. Roussef is going to have many challenges over the next years. First of all, she will have to be careful not to let the most radical members of her party, "Partido dos Trabalhadores - PT", carry out their ambitions, like social control of the media. The trend toward a rampant public spending is another PT's problem. Moreover, poor people in Brazil, who voted for her, are becoming more and more demanding and she will have to improve educational and health system. Infrastructure in Brazil is another big problem and she will face the World Football Cup in 2014. Tax and labour reforms are sensitive points she will have to face. Undoubtedly she does not have the charisma Lula has and will not be able to have, in the international stage, the same success he has had. And I have no doubt that international media and international community will criticize a lot a government which, I have no doubt, will be interventionist, hampering the functioning of the free market in areas such as telecommunications and energy. It's all the same to me to have a man or a woman as president in Brazil. I think that this is a minor question and I'd like that Mr. Serra had been elected.

  • Comment number 3.

    I think the outgoing president will continue to influence events, if only as an advisor. Rousseff is nobody's fool. Brazil should continue to prosper for the freseeable future. Good luck, Madam President.

  • Comment number 4.

    I live in Pombal, Paraiba, in Brazil. I was happy with this election, because both Roussef, and Jose Serra and Silva were great choices to be leaders of Brazil, I hope that Brazil continues to develop, and be the first country in Latin America for the 1st World! And it all works out for the World Cup 2014 and the Olympic Games of 2016! I hope Dilma can stand out without the image of Lula, and her story shows that she is a fighter like most Brazilians, and she will do a good job to improve the quality of life not only of the rich and middle class as also the poor.

  • Comment number 5.

    I really know little about Brazil but if this president improves the life of the people then good luck to her

  • Comment number 6.

    What I will be interested to see is how the new president will help the many impoverished black brazilians. I will also be curious to see how she builds up relationship with Africa. This is very important for both Brazil and Africa.

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  • Comment number 8.

    wonder where she stands on the falklands? a brazilian thatcher maybe!?

  • Comment number 9.

    How will Brazil's new president shape the country?
    On much the same pattern as Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
    Can she shake off the shadow of Lula?
    Why should she want to?
    The Presidential runoff was watched by @ 190 foreign observers from 45 countries.
    Why?
    Electronic voting machines + biometric machines that identify voters by fingerprint. Not much room for fixing elections in Brazil since the voting process itself is private.
    This election result will have a significant impact on the ability of multinationals to turn GDP growth into company profits, and then take those profuts outside the country.
    Inflation will be relatively low; interest rates will tend to be high. The currency will be stable. The cost cost of doing business in Brazil will remain high and exclusive.
    “Custo Brasil” = regulations, tariffs, labor laws, and taxes that literally makes all external companies stop and reassess their greed. Foreign companies fear the Dilma will further empower organized labor, push for more aggressive wage hikes, and therefore add to the cost of doing business in the country.
    For foreign & multinational companies, this will likely mean a favoured playing field for Brazilian firms and/or an increased necessity to partner with Brazilian or state-controlled firms in order to gain favorable investment terms.
    With recent legislation such as the “Buy Brazil Act”. “According to the new law, preference shall always be given to products:
    1. made in Brazil
    2. made or provided by Brazilian corporations, and
    3. made or provided by corporations that have invested within Brazil. In short, The Brazilian Government expects foreign companies interested in Brazilian markets to establish a presence and invest directly in Brazil.
    Personally, having now read a great deal about Dilma Rousseff and the PT, I believe the election results are good for Brazil, its GDP, its overall development and its ongoing stability.
    Brazil is looking good.

  • Comment number 10.

    She seems to have the same political view of governance as Mr. Lula and I do not think Brazil see much changes apart from choosing their first female leader.

  • Comment number 11.

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  • Comment number 12.

    Kind of scary to hear the new president saying "will eliminate poverty as my first priority". Politicians, in general, are known to harm more people everywhere when they think they have the solutions in their hands.

  • Comment number 13.

    Unfortunately, it will stifle Brazil from becoming a 1st world country. Brazil needs trustworthy police and courts, good banks, and freedom of the press.
    Brazil is heading into a communist era, similar to what Obama wants for the US.
    I hope Brazil,like the US, fights to stop this worldwide attempt at government takeover of our freedoms.

  • Comment number 14.

    I wonder if she'll be like Thatcher.

  • Comment number 15.

    a lot better than england

  • Comment number 16.

    Best/fairest time to judge her, she’s almost through the door, hasn’t seen the paperwork yet. Hasn’t named a team, or even been sworn in yet.

    When it was Obhama, it was let him find his feet! Why the difference?

  • Comment number 17.

    We've learned in all those years that freedom of press comes together with responsibility. The Brazilian people demonstrated in this election that they were aware of the utilization of the media for interests other than of themselves. It was pretty obvious to everybody that the main periodicals and magazines have chosen the other candidate as the favorite, and they have heard a sonorous “Hey! We decide who we want for president.” from the voting machines. If you take a close look you will still be able to see the grimace in their faces. ;)

  • Comment number 18.

    When I first came to Brazil 21 years ago many people told me that neither a woman or a black person could be elected president any time soon. A lot has changed since then and the fact that Dimla is a woman was not even mentioned at any stage in campaigning. My problem with her is that we know very little about her and she was elected because Lula said she was good, which I feel to be dangerous. The comment from George above is a crock of bull, this country is in no danger of following Hugo Chaves and becoming a communist state. Brazilians have no time for dogma,what they want is for the government-funded health services and schools to finally function more than anything. Brazil has a whole load of problems to solve and nobody is going to solve all of them but the country has a lot of important cards in its hand and it is to be expected that it will continue to make progress, although doubtless not as fast as we would like. Nobody is going to eliminate poverty in Brazil without legalising abortion and Dilma is said to be against it. If she can fulfil what she siad in her post-election speech, then she will have done a good job and I wish her the best of luck; she will need it.

  • Comment number 19.

    We've been supporting Jose Serra from PSDB since PSDB foundation. An internal problem with Aécio Neves caused historical defeat to PT and will afford more 8 or more years of Red Party leading. Aécio Neves shall be very smart to won next elections because São Paulo and José Serra electors will not forget huge traition he caused to PSDB in current elections. Regarding Dilma, country is divided and she will have to be very competent to bind again all the people . Particularly speaking, since yesterday, watching her profile, one good thing is she is much most prepared to work than LULA. She is very focused, organized, inteligent and for the first time, we have a Government not politized, explaining, she is an executive worker and like me I hope all of the people of the country is willing she have a good Government, is a gold opportunity for a coalization Government. Hope she have an ethical and professional performance. It is important to punish robery and corruption from the last Government and leave Press free.

  • Comment number 20.

    The main challenges are :
    1) Policy Reforms (Maximum 2 main Parties)
    2) Tax Reforms (Tax Cuts)
    3) Legal Work Laws (Brazil cost)
    4) Educational Reform (Quality Improvement)

  • Comment number 21.

    I will be watching to see if she distances herself from Iran, and Chavez. That would be a positive step in the right direction.

  • Comment number 22.

    ref #21
    tsigili wrote:
    I will be watching to see if she distances herself from Iran, and Chavez. That would be a positive step in the right direction
    __________

    I agree Lulu did a great diservice to the world in giving cover to the Iranian terrorist regime

  • Comment number 23.

    "Rousseff is nobody's fool."

    Only a fool would join communist rebels, like R. did.

  • Comment number 24.

    Ms. Roussef has been given 55 million plus "votes of confidence" to run a country with huge potential but also with a great number of problems to solve before it is able to realise this potential. It is a big task and certainly not an easy one.

    I believe Ms. Roussef may initially focus on (over) protecting the country, its richness and its people from the "greed" of companies and institutions which could scare away a few investors and slow down the development of the current initiatives. But eventually I believe or hope Ms Roussef will carry on the work done by her predecessors which took Brazil from the 3rd world grid to the comfortable position it is now: first Mr. Cardoso who put in place the foundation of the current strong economy we have now, and then Lula who surprised many by managing the country so well that it is now a recognised world power.

    Even though a lot has been achieved in the past 15 years, Brazil continues to struggle to fight corruption in the public and private sectors, to minimise bureaucracy and to bridge the gap between the "haves and have nots". If Ms. Roussef works on the reforms of the Tax and Importation systems, legal (and costs) of the work laws and raise the level of education of the lower classes she will achieve most of what the country needs because all of these issues leave both businesses and people vulnerable to corruption and restrict access to a better life. Again, not an easy task, but I am hoping for that.


  • Comment number 25.

    I get the impression that she is a time-server who is keeping the bench warm until Lula can run again. Just like the tweedledee-tweedledum team of Medvedev and Putin. Time will tell, however.

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  • Comment number 27.


    It is common for Brazilians to be manipulated by Lula and his party into believing that an opportunistic economic boom means prosperity. Dilma will provide the continuity of an extremely corrupt, ignorant, radical and contradictory government.
    A Venezuelan friend of mine once told me:
    "We are not scared of terrorists in Latin America. We have our own democracy to worry about already."
    Very true, indeed!
    As per the real meaning of "PROSPERITY", Brazilians will never know what that is.

    http://www.prosperity.com/country.aspx?id=BR

  • Comment number 28.

    Unfortunately, it will stifle Brazil from becoming a 1st world country. Brazil needs trustworthy police and courts, good banks, and freedom of the press.

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    You are right, George.

    As long as the government keeps the free handouts (and there's handouts for everything now, even for prisoner's families), they'll keep voting for PT.

    How can anyone vote for someone without experience. Even Lula had little experience, and his 8-year government had the most cases of corruption ever. A real shame. As a Brazilian, I feel embarassed.

  • Comment number 29.

    GOD help Brazil!

  • Comment number 30.

    Brazil must industrialize on a technical level. Prosperity comes from production that benefits the world. Revenue could renew and protect vital rain forests in the region.

  • Comment number 31.

    GOD help Brazil!

  • Comment number 32.

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  • Comment number 33.

    Recently, I'm thinking about the question: What makes a good leader? If his/her people can have something to expect from their leader. At this point discussing around the Brazil’s new president, I give some personal opinions here.
    As an excellent leader, he/she at least holds these three qualities.
    First, always concern with the well-being of the public. He/she is born with the inclination of compassion and sensitivity toward people—folks and even more comprehensive the entire human being. Such a sympathizer always put his/her commitment on public issues, rather than his/her personal pursuit of reputation and social standing. It's easier said than done because somewhere along the way, people tend to get sidetracked, especially for politicians, and then fall into somewhere uncorrectable. For example, many officers get involved in corruption throughout the world every year, or some leaders keep the public interests in limbo in the midst of party rivalries.
    Second, of course, a great leader is capable to close ranks and call on his/her people to work in common will. He/she has to exploit so-called charisma to great extent in order to get his/her people's attention. The leading quality is so charming that immediately adds to his/her strength to congregate fellow people, who are willing to devote themselves to common benefit. The leader will be a warrant for bringing out the best in the whole society. He/she is valuable treasure of the country and will win the confidence of the people for his/her admirable background like high education, prominent accomplishments, and solid will in a significant course.
    Finally, a good chief is a sagacious person. That means he/she has to be wise enough to determine where to concede and where resist. And since a nation is a titanic enterprise to maneuver, the navigator should excel in setting a priority, balancing the present social need and distant one. Ensure the state advances in array, gradually and steadily. Furthermore, the supervisor must be much more insightful for his/her policies will influence the masses’ both today and tomorrow. Time and spending won't be refundable. Whatever he/she decides be powerful enough to change our future.
    Nevertheless, a president faces more beyond. As a public figure, he/she must get used to spotlight, refine himself, and keep looking out for personal safety. No matter what you are dealing with , be ready to encounter diverse opinions from every corner and manage to pull the matter off. And that's going to be very hard no matter who you are and which country you are in.

  • Comment number 34.

    • Second attempt; the first attempt was all true but the BBC considered it ‘Potentially Dafamatory’:

    • “I am disappointed that Serra lost to Rousseff,

    but the ruling group deployed the whole of the machinery of state to this end over much more than the election period. With an incumbent President joined-at-the-hip to his protegé Rousseff opening, re-opening, dedicating, and re-dedicating every part-built public and 'private' edifice across the whole of Brazil for over a year, this election has been going on for at least that length of time. Lula has been xxxxxxx by courts all over Brazil for illegal election activities but, such is his support from the great unwashed, that he continued to do this with absolute impunity.

    xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx have been implicated in so many corruption scandals during the last few years that one loses track.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx, her Lula-cloning has made her similarly 'teflon-coated'.

    Serra, by comparison, has proved squeeky clean - even though his family tax-records were illegally opened with a view to disclosure by xxxxxxxxxxxx. His record is profoundly good and he has successfully managed the industrial heartland of Brazil for years. He is, however, equally as uncharismatic as Rousseff, and his campaign was poorly conducted compared to that of the US PR management team that groomed the protegé of Lula.

    The vote of the predominantly *educated and experienced* went to Serra (44 million), but the predominantly *uneducated poor* were just that bit too numerous (55 million).

    What needs to be done *that will not now be done*? - The population need to be educated that *private* ownership of industry is not a swear-word, that they as individuals will be supported to develop their own industries, that the State will withdraw the strangle-hold of massive taxation and allied structures from the throats of small & medium-sized employers, that corruption will be rooted out of all levels of government, that immunity and impunity will not be tolerated, that the judicary will feel strong enough to tackle political, governmental and similar illegalities, that Robin Hood re-distribution will be sensitively managed such that the goose is still able to lay the golden eggs, etc, etc.

    I hope ...... but I do not expect.”

  • Comment number 35.

    A few days before the Brazilian people voted in Rousseff, they also voted into high Government office a clown - a real clown - a man widely known to all Brazilians through his promotion by the media as a *self-declared illiterate*.
    His platform was "Nobody knows less about the job than me".
    Sometime soon Brazilians had better wake up and 'smell their own coffee' -
    - choosing a national government and a President is NOT a 'carnival activity' where you place the lives of the Brazilian people and the wealth of the nation in the hands of the illiterates and the odd-balls, the convicted and the corrupt.

  • Comment number 36.

    OLÊ, OLÊ, OLê... DILMA DILMA

  • Comment number 37.

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  • Comment number 38.

    #36: OLÊ, OLÊ, OLê... DILMA DILMA

    **************************
    Reads like a typical PT supporter: completely devoted, blindly biased and master of the absolute truth.
    We all wonder where PT's policy of eradicating corruption from the government has gone...
    There are only two good things coming out of this election:

    (1) On Jan 1st 2011, Lula will be gone for good! Brazil will no longer be governed by a demagogue, populist, radical, hypocrit, full of himself ignorant.

    (2) Unfortunately, PT and their weak policies, low moral values and incompetency will continue to have a negative impact on all, however, also on their own supporters.

    As I said it before, prosperity, integrity and honesty here remain a farfetched dream.

  • Comment number 39.

    What Leonardo Boff said in his speech before the second round of the presidential elections in Brazil is remarkably truthful. He called Lula's mandate a "Revolution of the obvious". It is obvious that penury is no longer compatible with Brazil's new prominent position in the international scenario. It is obvious that a starving population cannot be educated. It is obvious all human beings should have access to food. It is obvious that Brazilian citizens should have at least three meals a day.

    Although the opposition keeps on trumpeting Lula's "extreme populism", they fail to take the least demanding humane perspective of all: solidarity. To put yourself in someone's shoes should not be very hard, but the right wing still pretends that a few scandals of corruption, which, by the way, happen in every presidential mandate, override the importance of 28 million people being literally saved from the nightmare of extreme poverty.

    Lula took the first step with his "Revolution of the obvious" and although Dilma Rousseff does not have nearly as much charisma as her predecessor, we expect her to look after the least fortunate while devoting attention to the country's economy.

  • Comment number 40.

    In reality it's a Vote for continuation of Pres Lula Da Silval's Policies with an Golden Opportunity for Pres Elect Dilma Rousseff to show what she can do.
    It's an exciting for Brazillian Politics.
    Congrats.

  • Comment number 41.

    I think this is an extraordinary victory for Rosseff as well as Brazil's people. Despite a lot of challenges ahead, but I believe that Ms Rosseff will lead Brazil to achieve her ambitions, eradicating poverty and building up democracy. In addition, the legacy of her predecessor Mr Lula is huge and it is difficult for her to overcome his shadow. However, with her experiences and attempts I hope she will get successful in the future.

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  • Comment number 44.

    "few days before the Brazilian people voted in Rousseff, they also voted into high Government office a clown - a real clown - a man widely known to all Brazilians through his promotion by the media as a *self-declared illiterate*.
    His platform was "Nobody knows less about the job than me"."



    I recall that in 1984 there was a transvestite running in San Francisco dressed as nun.

    His (her?) posters read:

    "Sister Bum-mum for president.

    Qualifications - nun."

  • Comment number 45.

    I hope she's better than the first female UK Prime Minister. Our country has still not recovered from Thatcher's disastrous policies.

  • Comment number 46.

    28. At 5:21pm on 01 Nov 2010, gino777 wrote:

    Unfortunately, it will stifle Brazil from becoming a 1st world country. Brazil needs trustworthy police and courts, good banks, and freedom of the press.

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    You are right, George.

    As long as the government keeps the free handouts (and there's handouts for everything now, even for prisoner's families), they'll keep voting for PT.

    How can anyone vote for someone without experience. Even Lula had little experience, and his 8-year government had the most cases of corruption ever. A real shame. As a Brazilian, I feel embarassed.



    Don't be embarrassed. The US voted in Ronald Reagan and George W Bush and the UK voted in Margaret Thatcher and David Cameron ! See - bad people happen to good countries all the time.

  • Comment number 47.

    the reality one has to come to know is that Rousseff, will still be measured by many Brazilians to the record of Lula. it will take some time before one is to know her for what she will do.

  • Comment number 48.

    well, im brazilian, and i live in england...i arrived in england abourt 1 year ago.
    well, i think Dilma Russef gonna be a bad president for Brazil, she dont have experience,and like i prefer Jose Serra than her. 44 milion people vote in Jose Serra, now you ask why Dilma Russef won? because brazil is
    Brazil is divided into the five regions, north, south, southeast, midwest and northeast. the regions that got more votes dilma Russef was in the northeast, north and midwest.
    Why? because most of the population of Brazil is poor in these regions, the regions south and southeast are the best and richest regions of Brazil. I come from the city of Maringa in the state of Parana in southern Brazil. Rich people do not like Brazil's Workers(PT)' Party, the party of dilma Russef because this party are benefiting the poor people of Brazil, and the rich are paying high taxes.
    the poor people love her and the Workers' Party(PT), because he does many things for the poor. commenting on something else, the Brazilians had the election results in just 4 hours, because we use an advanced electronic voting system. any other country takes days to do what the Brazilians do in four hours.
    well, i hope you guys appreciate my comment. thanks

  • Comment number 49.

    In my opinion having her elected was not a good thing for the country.
    Some people will say that Mr. Lula was a great president and the economy was never so good , however, what most of her electors can not understand due to their low level of educatication , is that all serious economic changes were made the during Fernando Henrique´s government.
    Considering her political and professional experiences, having her elected can be a disaster for our intentions of having a serious development.

    Besides that, her party forgot the ideology they said they had and their only interest is to keep power and the positon of its members...

  • Comment number 50.

    Following the 1964 Brazilian coup d'état she joined left-wing urban guerrilla groups that fought against the military dictatorship.

    So there is hope that Osama Bin Ladin will eventually one day get rehabiliatated to get American citizenship and be electted as President following a change to the constitutional requirement to have been born in America?

    Will she turn out to be another Chavez, taking Brazil down the road of rampant Stalinist communism, temporary elation and economic growth for the poor, followed by economic decline and stagflation leading to another military coup d'état?

    Those who will not learn from history will relive it.

  • Comment number 51.

    Rousseff does not only have to shake off the shadow of Lula, she has to actively and publically distance the new Presidency from the Lula-P.T. clique of corruption.
    She has to tighten the screw of the Ficha Limpa,
    to accept no nomination to ministerial office from potential politicians and administrators with corruption allegations and court-cases pending,
    to progressively remove from public office all those convicted over the term of her office,
    to give protection to the judicary for them to do their job of indicting for corruption in governance,
    to insist on the judicary doing this job rapidly and effectively,
    to rescind the right to everlasting appeals against corruption convictions,
    to refuse continued employment of those indulging in everlasting appeal.

    In simple terms - to bring probity to Government.

  • Comment number 52.

    She'll probably be better than Obama who has failed on all counts except a hilariously uncosted new health system.

    Why not give herr a Nobel peace prize on day one?

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  • Comment number 54.

    Her gender should not come into the conversation. A President/Primeminister, of either gender, should work for the benefit of all the nations people. They should be fair and do all they can to make life easier for both the worker and the employer. No person should be treated as more worthy than another. Men and women should be treated as equal humans who have variable needs that are equally valued. If the President does this she will have a very hard time trying to deal with all the other agendas from the other governments of the world!!!!

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  • Comment number 57.

    I greatly congrat Brazil for this great step forward they did.
    Clearly it is one of the greatest achievements in Brazilian politics and I believe the others will follow that example.
    As adelaide said, her gender is not the subject of the conversation. However, it should be seen as a progress in an area where women are not well fulfilled.
    I strongly believe she is capable of great changes in Brazil. We will confirm it with the coming sports events in Rio.

  • Comment number 58.

    It is known that (Marxist) 'Revolutionaries' become 'Freedom Fighters' become politicians/presidents in the history of many countries, but here in Brazil the electorate was given the choice between honesty and crime/corruption - the people chose Dilma Rousseff.

    Whilst there is a forty year gap in information about Dilma Rousseff’s C.V., there is evidence from her life as a younger woman that she will take in government a revolutionary left-wing stance – akin to that of Chavez in Venezuela.

    Through 1968 and 1969 Rousseff practiced armed revolutionary tactics. The same thing was happening across the world at the time – with Che Guevara in Bolivia (etc), the Black Panthers, the Weathermen, the Revolutionary Youth Movement (RYM), the October Revolutionaries in Guatemala, the Symbionese Liberation Army, Black September, the Shining Path Maoist Revolutionaries, the Tupac Amaru Revolutionary Movement (MRTA) of Peru, the Front de Libération du Québec , the PLO terrorists (especially the Munich Olympics massacre), and the Red Brigade in Europe.

    What is the evidence that she was part of these linked global revolutionary movements? Throughout these years of revolutionary mayhem, predominantly against right-wing governments, Dilma Rousseff became part of – and eventually led – her own revolutionary group. the groups were The Workers Politics Movement, the National Liberation Command, and the VAR Palmares terrorist organization, under the Colina umbrella. They stole army & police weapons, robbed banks, abducted an American Ambassador, and killed Brazilians including policemen and, in October 1968, murdered the American Charles Chandler, a Viet Nam veteran, slain, said the guerrillas, because of his "war crimes."

    Following capture, Rousseff’s sentence was six years of imprisonment and 18 years without political rights. The sentence was later shortened to three years, and she was released in 1973. She presently is seeking a ‘freedom-fighter’ reparations pension from the Brazilian Government – these are typically very large indeed.

    So, what can we expect from Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil?

    1. A swing to the left, undoubtedly.
    2. Redistribution of wealth from the progressively taken-over government industries to the poor.
    3. A direct tax-take of over 50%, and an overall tax-take significantly higher.
    4. Financial collapse following runaway inflation.
    5. An aligning of Brazil with the South American Revolutionary Nations.
    6. Expansion of practical anti-Americanism.
    7. Sale of land extraction assets and agro-industrial assets to the Chinese.
    8. Economic bale-out by the Chinese.
    9. Loss of political and economic independence as China progressively takes ownership of foodstuffs and raw materials.

  • Comment number 59.

    Colleagues,

    Following the BBC's removal of my postings at 55, 56, and (probably) 58, I have posted the same items in The Economist

    http://www.economist.com/blogs/americasview/2010/10/brazils_presidential_election_4?page=4#comment-722178.

    They give a little bit of researched background on the mensalão and on Dilma.

    Regards,
    Geoff.

  • Comment number 60.

    News Networks are not presenting precinct data on the American election today, as of yet. Why allow apparent loser candidates dictate legally required voting reports?

  • Comment number 61.

    Strange question on a British website, I'd bet 99% of the UK population hadn't heard of Mrs Rousseff before this week and even fewer are in a position to opine on her ability to shape the country.

  • Comment number 62.

    I'm disappointed. Although I suspected Dilma would win, I still had hopes people would have a broader mindset. I have even heard friends saying how happy they are, and that PT should stay in power for 30 years. I cannot understand that. They love power and seemingly will not let go, despite all the corruption scandals. I don't think there is the so-called "Lulism" without Lula but seemingly Dilma is going to be his puppet. I can just pray for the best, that business and economics keep on booming. Now education and infrastructure is something Lula has done little, and nobody seems to care, after all, he was illiterate and made it, didn't he?
    Four more years, and we are far from understanding what democracy means: alternation of power.

  • Comment number 63.

    Words are cheap (and sometimes nonsensical! Look back at G W Bush).
    Just make sure to turn those words in to ACTION! That is what the people of Brazil WANT!

  • Comment number 64.

    I think Ms.Dilma Roussef will do just fine.
    Her background is solid and as an economist she will take Brazil farther than Silva,although had Silva remained president Brazil would have prospered immensely.But i really think she's upto the task.
    I think we have a few skepticss on HYS.
    A a woman she will bring fresh ideas and perspectives to the table.
    I am confident she will also bring the south american continent together.
    She has seen hard times,she will shape Brazil for the better.

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  • Comment number 66.

    Make no mistake about it - Dilma is firmly in the pocket of the large soy producers, and is no friend of the environment. Wanting to build a highway, which is much less cost efficient, rather than a railway is simple proof of this. I fear for our Amazon Forest!

  • Comment number 67.

    This comment was removed because the moderators found it broke the house rules. Explain.

  • Comment number 68.

    By fattening his bank account?

  • Comment number 69.

    Rhombus?
    What does post 1 actually mean and how did it escape moderation, just to be on the safe side?
    Has the us told us what to do today and how will this effect relationships?
    Are you a Leo?
    ZZZzzzzz

 

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