President of Brazil


Dilma RousseffDilma Rousseff

Date of Birth: 14 December 1947
Birth Place: Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Political Party: Workers' Party
Arrival in Power: 1 January 2011
Religion: Roman Catholic
Profession: Economist

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Dilma Rousseff was born in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, in 1947. Dilma Rousseff is the current President of Brazil and the first female to hold this post in the history of Brazil. Dilma Rousseff studied Economics at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul.


Before beginning her professional career and conducting her university studies, Dilma Rousseff was involved in left-wing resistance movements, against the military government of the 1960's, Dilma Rousseff was eventually arrested for her involvement in guerilla activities. She was released from prison in 1972, and eventually graduated from university in 1977. Following her graduation Dilma Rousseff served in several functions related to the field of economics and tied to the government of the province of Rio Grande do Sul. Following this she would serve in several more prominent positions in the municipal and state levels, she served as the Secretary of Energy for the province of Rio Grande do Sul.

In 2003 Dilma Rousseff was appointed as the Minister of Mines and Energy for Brazil by then president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. During her time in this position she is credited with expanding Brazil's electrical capacity as well as increasing access to electricity. She also implemented rules that required Petrobras to build it's drilling rigs domestically and other vessels, which created a new shipbuilding industry in Brazil and created tens of thousands of jobs. In 2005 she became the Chief of Staff to da Silva, a position she held until her bid to the presidency in 2010. Dilma Rousseff went on to win the presidential elections and became the first female President of Brazil on January 1st 2011.


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dilma_Rousseff

Updated on: September 16th, 2014

Former President of Brazil


Luiz Inacio Lula da SilvaLuiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Date of Birth: 27 October 1945
Birth Place: Caetes, Brazil
Political Party: Workers' Party
Arrival in Power: 1 January 2003
Religion: Roman Catholic
Profession: Metalworker, Politician, Union Worker

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Luiz Inacio da Silva was born in Caetes, Brazil, in 1945. Luiz Inacio da Silva was the 35th President of Brazil and held the post since 2003. Although he has little formal education, Luiz Inacio da Silva started working in factories when he was 14 years old and saw for himself the conditions of the working class. It is during this time that he became involved with trade unions.


Following his time in factories and has a union leader, he joined politics in 1980, to form a the new left political party called the Workers' Party. He participated in several political initiative, to make brazil's electoral system more open and fair. Luiz Inacio da Silva ran for president in 1994 and 1998 and was defeated on both occasions. He won the 2002 elections and the 2006 elections and his nearing the end of his last term, Brazil is set to obtain a new president at the end of 2010.


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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Luiz_In%C3%A1cio_Lula_da_Silva

Updated on: August 4th, 2013