Dilma Rousseff, Brazil presidential poster 2010A former leftist guerrilla who was tortured and imprisoned during Brazil’s long dictatorship was elected Sunday as president of Latin America’s biggest nation, a country in the midst of an economic and political rise.

“Starting tomorrow we begin a new stage of democracy,” said Dilma Rousseff, 62. “I will rule for everyone, speak with all Brazilians, without exception.”

Read the AP story from Brazil at NPR here.


Also, this month, Fatima Salman became the first woman to be elected to a municipal council in Bahrain, setting a new standard for Gulf countries. Bahrain has five municipal councils, one in each governorate.

Read that story here in Gulf News.

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