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Ex-guerrilla Brazil’s first woman prez

Brazilians on Monday celebrated the election of their first-ever female president, Dilma Rousseff, who pledged to extend policies implemented by popular outgoing leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, her mentor.

world Updated: Nov 02, 2010 00:43 IST

Brazilians on Monday celebrated the election of their first-ever female president, Dilma Rousseff, who pledged to extend policies implemented by popular outgoing leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, her mentor.

Lula’s tireless backing of Rousseff delivered her 56% of the ballots in a Sunday runoff against opposition challenger Jose Serra, who scored 44%.

Rousseff reassured many supporters of their ruling Workers Party that his influence would still be felt in her administration.

“I will knock on his door often, and I know it will always be open,” she said in her victory speech in Brasilia. “The task of succeeding him is difficult and challenging. But I know I will honor this legacy and extend his work.”

Rousseff, a 62-year-old economist is a former Marxist guerrilla who was jailed and tortured for three years in the early 1970s for fighting against Brazil’s dictatorship. She served as Silva’s chief of staff before Lula handpicked her as his successor.