Brazil welcomes new president

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Brazil's first female president, Dilma Rousseff, was sworn into office in Brasá¡lia on New Year's Day 2011.

Elected in October 2010, she received the presidential sash from her predecessor Luiz InÃício Lula da Silva, who stepped down after two terms of office. In her inauguration speech she promised to 'govern for all' and to protect the most vulnerable members of society. She said economic growth and stability meant Brazil is living through one of the best periods in its history, with an unprecedented opportunity to be 'a developed nation', but that the pressing need to 'eradicate extreme poverty' would still constitute her greatest struggle. Outling some of her governments plans, she mentioned tax reform, regional development, improved public health and education, combating organised crime, and environmental protection.

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