Enter stage left — Brazil’s next president?

September 23, 2010

BRAZIL-ELECTION/ROUSSEFFNot every president has a police mugshot, but it’s not so surprising in Latin America.

A special report out of Brazil today sheds new light on Dilma Rousseff, a former guerrilla leader who is likely to be elected the booming country’s next president. She spent nearly three years in jail in the early 1970s and was tortured by her military captors. She’s come a long way since then.

The product of more than a dozen interviews with Rousseff and her top advisers, the story gives a glimpse of how Rousseff could govern at the helm of a country that, with India, Russia and China, is among the worlds few economic bright spots.

The upshot: while Rousseff is not the leftist-in-waiting that many investors fear, there is legitimate concern that hers could be a status-quo presidency, unable or unwilling to push through major reforms to Brazil’s tax, labor or fiscal structure. As a result, there is a risk that Latin America’s biggest economy could eventually stagnate under her administration.

Watch Brian Winter discuss the October 3 election on Reuters Insider here.


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It is too bad that at this point we might have people who will actually get this person elected, even in the middle of all of the nasty things happening with her predecessor and herself at this time, involving corruption, trafficking of influence just to start of… My father who had given up on this country used to tell me an old saying that goes like this… Every people get the government they deserve. That´s what´s coming our way. We never had a time like this in this country´s history and the poor and uninformed are giving it away… too bad.

Posted by Anderslizz2000 | Report as abusive

If you please take notice some of Dilma’s “achievements” in more detail

10/06/1968 – participated in a bank robbery
10/12/1968 – planned murder of Captain Charles R. Chandler (?)
12/11/1968 – participated in the robbery of a weapons store
07/18/1969 – participated in the robbery of Governor Adhemar de Barros’s house
08/01/1968 – participated in the robbery of Banco Mercantil de São Paulo (that is, a bank)
09/04/1969 – participated in the kidnapping of USA ambassador Charles Elbrick
09/20/1969 – participated in the robbery of the Public Force Headquarters (oh, dear, that was daring)

She said she has not repented of anything she did.

Posted by Brazilian1 | Report as abusive

I agree, for that reason the usa was ruled by Bush for eight years.

Posted by fernanda77 | Report as abusive