FACTBOX-Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s new president

Jan 1 (BestGrowthStock) – Dilma Rousseff, who will become Brazil’s
first woman president on Saturday, is a former leftist militant
who rose through the ranks of the Workers’ Party and will now
lead one of the world’s fastest-growing emerging economies.

Here are five facts about Rousseff, 63:

* Outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva plucked
Rousseff from relative obscurity two years ago to be his
party’s chosen candidate, citing her managerial experience and
technical capacity.

* The daughter of a well-to-do Bulgarian immigrant,
Rousseff was born into a middle-class family and did
post-graduate studies in economics.

* After a 1964 coup gave rise to a military dictatorship,
Rousseff joined a radical leftist resistance group. She says
she never engaged in armed conflict, but was imprisoned for
three years on charges of subversion and repeatedly tortured by
her military captors.

* Rousseff proposes a mix of market-friendly policies with
a strong role for the state in economic development,
particularly in the energy sector as Brazil develops massive
new offshore oil fields in the coming decade.

* Rousseff was treated for lymphoma cancer in 2009 and
briefly wore a wig as she underwent chemotherapy. She has been
given a clean bill of health by her doctors.

FACTBOX-Dilma Rousseff, Brazil’s new president