Dilma Rousseff is the first ever female president in Brazil. She takes over from the highly popular former president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
Dilma Rousseff, a former Marxist guerrilla, was just sworn in and has to face 2 important tasks in the near future. The first one is to maintain the economy at booming levels and the second one is to keep Brazil developing on an international scale.
Rousseff is 63 years old and follows the footsteps of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, who managed to leave the presidency with a very high approval rating. 87% of the population was supporting him.
Brazil’s new president tries to maintain the momentum gained by the country in terms of economic growth. This was actually why Lula was so popular. She will also want to advance the social agenda of the Workers Party, which is mainly focused on attracting foreign investment, reducing poverty and taking control of natural resources.
Rousseff will not have an easy job ahead of her. This is especially true when talking about the relationships with Italy since former president Lula did not want to extradite a person that was suspected of terrorism.
There are also problems with USA as President Obama did not like the fact that Lula wanted to have a deal with Iran that would have resolved different international tensions linked with the nuclear program. Even so, the situation with US is better since Obama also stated that he likes what he sees in Brazil.