Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s ruling Workers Party has endorsed his handpicked successor for October’s upcoming presidential election.
Branded by some as Brazil’s very own ‘Iron Lady’, economist Dilma Rousseff is currently Silva’s Chief of Staff. He is unable to stand for a third term by law.
Despite never running for office, her nomination had been widely tipped. Nevertheless, Rousseff faces a fight to be in vogue with the electorate and become Brazil’s first female president. She currently lags behind her main rival in the polls.
Rousseff has promised fiscal discipline but also to continue Silva’s popular social programmes for Brazil’s poor, if elected.