Brazilian incumbent President Dilma Rousseff was re-elected for her second four-year term on 26 October 2014. She belongs to the center-left Workers’ Party and her second term will finish in December 2018.
She was re-elected after she secured 51.45 percent votes in the second round of voting that was held after no party crossed 50 percent barrier in the first round of voting held on 5 October 2014.
On the other hand, her rival Aecio Neves of the conservative Brazilian Social Democracy Party bagged 48.55 percent of the votes.
Besides, the second round of voting also saw her Workers' Party forming the government in Brazil for the fourth year in a row. Workers' Party first formed the government in 2002 with Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as the President.
Rousseff who is 66 years old first became President in 2010, thus becoming the first woman President of Brazil. She is popular among the poor in Brazil because of her government's welfare policies.
About Dilma Rousseff
• Dilma Rousseff (66) after being elected as a President in 2010 became the first female President of Brazil.
• Prior to her appointment as President, she was chief of staff to former President Lula da Silva, since 2005.
• She served as the Minister of Energy under former President Lula da Silva
• Her political spine developed as a Marxist militant who opposed the 1964-1985 dictatorship
• In January 1970, she was arrested and sentenced to prison for belonging to a violent underground group who were responsible for murders and bank robberies
• Journalist Ricardo Amaral in a biography has written that the judge who found her guilty dubbed her the high priestess of subversion
• She was released from the jail at the end of 1972 and during her jail-term; she was tortured by electric shock and other means
• She resumed her political path by helping found the democratic Democratic Labor Party (PDT) in 1979
• She switched to Lula’s Workers’ Party in 2000
This re-election of Dilma Rousseff by the Brazilians is simply a symbol of trust of people of the country. It means that people of the country wants that the President, who brought economic growth in the country and elevated tens of millions of Brazilians out from extreme poverty should enhance conditions of the country by reviving the economic conditions of the country along with deepened social benefits.
But at the same time, Rousseff’s re-election means that Brazil’s relation with the United States will not improve, which was hit in recent years due to trade disputes and US Government’s spying programmes.
Who: Dilma Rousseff
When: on 26 October 2014