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Dilma Rousseff as President of Brazil

By Sibel Tinar, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Dilma Rousseff, the first woman to be elected the president of Brazil, was sworn in and took office on January 1st, replacing the outgoing president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva. Her inauguration ceremony on the first day of 2011 attracted an estimated 70,000 people in Brasília, and Dilma officially assumed the presidency by taking an oath before the representatives in the Congress.

In her swearing-in speech, Dilma praised . . .

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