Dilma Vana Rousseff (born December 14, 1947) is an economist, politician and the 36th president of Brazil. On 31st October 2010, Rousseff won 55% of the vote. Her main contender was José Serra who won 44%. Serra was the candidate of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party. On January 1, 2011, she became the first woman president of the country. In 2003, in the government of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, she was the minister of Mines and Energy. She became Lula's Chief of Staff in 2005, after her predecessor, José Dirceu, resigned because of charges of corruption.
She was against the military dictatorship that governed Brazil from 1964 to 1985. In January 1970 she was sent to prison for being a member a Marxist group which had carried out bank robberies and murders. She was released after three years. She joined the Workers Party in 1986.
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