Thursday, October 31, 2013

Brazil : Dilma Vana Rousseff

Dilma Vana Rousseff is a Brazilian politician who has been the President of Brazil since 1 January 2011. She is the first woman to hold the office. She was previously the Chief of Staff to President Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva from 2005 to 2010.

A one-time Marxist and urban guerrilla who now calls herself a pragmatic capitalist, has been president of Brazil since Jan. 1, 2011. She has been called both the “mother of the nation” and an Iron Lady, in a reference Margaret Thatcher and Rousseff’s own tough management style.

Brazil is one of the so-called BRIC nations — big and rapidly developing in both economic and global political power. The 65-year-old is benefiting from an economy that is doing well, if not booming, and appears to have overcome the political damage from a series of street demonstrations early this year in protest of corruption and poor public services. But she must still wrestle with large income inequality in one of the world’s largest economies as well as poor infrastructure, which could be highlighted by next year’s World Cup soccer tournament.

Rousseff has been particularly critical of U.S. spying on Brazil and postponed a state visit to Washington scheduled for October because of it.

Brazil President, Dilma Rousseff, approval rating. 
March, 2012: 72%
March, 2016: 11% 

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