Dilma Rousseff Becomes Brazil’s First Woman President *updated*
From the BBC:
Dilma Rousseff has been sworn in as Brazil’s first woman president, succeeding Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the most popular leader in the country’s history.
Ms Rousseff, 63, who has never held elected office, has pledged to follow the path set by President Lula.
He was constitutionally barred from seeking a third consecutive term.
Brazil’s economy has grown strongly but it remains one of the most unequal societies in the world.
Ms Rousseff was appointed energy minister in President Lula’s government in 2003 and served as his chief of staff from 2005 to 2010.
She was elected in October, defeating the opposition candidate Jose Serra by 56% to 44% in a run-off vote.
She is known to favour a strong state role in strategic areas, including banking, the oil industry and energy.
She has also promised to tackle Brazil’s complicated tax system.
Ms Rousseff’s inauguration ceremony at the Brazilian Congress began with a ride through the capital, Brasilia, in a Rolls-Royce. Rain prevented the vehicle’s roof from being opened.
In her oath, she promised to maintain and defend the constitution, observe the law, promote the wellbeing of the Brazilian people, and sustain the union, integrity and independence of Brazil.
Ms Rousseff, a former Marxist rebel who was imprisoned for three years in the early 1970s for resisting military rule, has promised to protect freedom of expression and worship, and to honour the constitution….
Secretary Clinton is attending the inauguration but I haven’t seen any photos or videos yet. If I do I will post them.
And here is more from CNN.
UPDATE: Here are a few photos of Secretary Clinton from today. This was all I found thus far. Interestingly, they show her with Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez and I am sure the right wing in the US will go crazy over it although I would say in response, “grow up, righties, this is diplomacy.” I am sure the armchair warriors like John Bolton, neocon Washington Post blogger Jennifer Rubin and the Fox News pundits will have a kitten, so nothing new there. Secretary Clinton could have acted undiplomatic and turned away from Chavez but she did not because she is the nation’s top diplomat and to do so would have been childish and would have accomplished nothing. The US and Venezuela are on very bad terms right now, unfortunately, but simply ignoring leaders we don’t like doesn’t solve a thing. We had eight years of that under Bush and what did it accomplish? Nada. The political right in this country are big on bluster, machismo and tough talk but they had an annoying tendency to not only not solve some of the most pressing diplomatic problems but to actually manage to make them worse.
UPDATE II: If you have a little extra time, please go over to this blog at the American Spectator and tell them that shaking hands with Chavez does not equal agreeing with all his policies. What about that is so hard for the neocons to understand? Honestly, the hot air coming from the right is getting unbearable. Simply ignoring countries we disagree with isn’t exactly the way to deal with vexing problems. Of course, the righties probably support sending in someone else’s kids to go fight a war against Venezuela. The fact is that not every country on the planet is always going to sing to our tune and we can’t simply go around shooting up the place. The way the right acts you’d think they had accomplished something foreign policy-wise during the 8 years they were in charge. I knew there would be a lot of huffing and puffing from the righties as soon as word got out that our nation’s top diplomat acted like a diplomat in Brazil.