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First Female President of Brazil names nine women to cabinet

January 3, 2011

Pledging to “eradicate extreme poverty and to create opportunities for everyone, ” the former Marxist guerrila, Dilma Rousseff, 62, succeeded Luis Inacio Lula de Silva, as the first female president of Brazil Saturday. Rousseff is the daughter of Bulgarian immigrants suffered three years in prison in the 1970s during the dictatorship in Brazil.  Widely admired in the country, she battled with cancer last year and served as the chief of staff to outgoing President Lula.

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