Dilma Rousseff was elected as the first female president in Brazil on Sunday.
The New York Times reported that Rousseff was elected by Brazilians in favor of continuing the current economic and social policies. Rousseff was former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's chief of staff and energy minister, and promised to follow his policies.
NPR reported the Rousseff was a former Marxist guerrilla who was tortured and imprisoned during Brazil's democracy. She has never held an elected position before.