Brazil elects the country's first woman president

Dilma Rousseff became Brazil's first female president Sunday, according to the New York Times.

Rousseff said in her victory speech that her goal is to eliminate poverty in Brazil, according to CNN. Rousseff beat her opponent, Jose Serra, with 56 percent of the vote versus his 44 percent.

Rousseff served as the former president's chief of staff and energy minister, and she vowed to continue the economic and social policies of her popular predecessor, according to the New York Times.

Rousseff was a left-wing dissident during Brazil's 1960's dictatorship. The president-elect has said she was tortured after she was charged with subversion, according to CNN.

Millions of Brazilians voted in the runoff election, according to CNN.

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