Dilma Rousseff, first woman president of Brazil, gets impeached

By over two-thirds majority, or 61 to 20 votes at the Senate, the first woman president of Brazil became its first head of state dismissed from office in more than 20 years, on August 31, in Brasilia.
Dilma Rousseff survived torture, as a former guerrilla opposing the military dictatorship.
Four decades later, she failed to survive her impeachment over budgetary sleight of hand.

Rousseff was born on December 14, 1947, to a Brazilian mother and Bulgarian businessman father, growing up comfortably in her middle-class family in southeastern Brazil.
She cut her political teeth while fighting the military dictatorship from 1964 to 1985.
In January 1970, 22-year-old Rousseff was arrested and sentenced to prison for allegedly belonging to a group responsible for murders and bank robberies.
Behind bars, she was subjected to repeated bouts of torture, including electric shocks.
In 1979, Rousseff helped found the Democratic Labor Party and eventually switched to the Workers’ Party in 2000, where she made rapid progress into the country’s upper echelons.
While party founder and her mentor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva presided over the country from 2003 to 2011, she served in tandem as energy minister, cabinet chief and chairwoman of the Petrobras, Brazil’s biggest corporation.
Rousseff came to power in the 2010 election, as the handpicked party candidate to succeed hugely popular Lula.
Taking the coattail of the predecessor, her popularity surfed as the economy kept prosperity.
She eked out a victory in the 2014 race, with 51 percent of the votes, but her mandate rapidly got bogged down, as economic output plummeted, unemployment rose and a huge corruption scandal tainted many of her allies, as well as members of the opposition.

Outside politics, Rousseff admires and pursues of the beauty of life as any other women do.
She is an avid bicycle rider, and obsessed with cosmetic surgery, getting her teeth whitened, hair redone and lifting wrinkles from her face.
She even won a battle against lymphatic cancer first diagnosed in 2009.
Having ridden turbulent time and tide enough and even too much, now she can finally set a schedule, undisturbed, totally at her own will.

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