Good election news…

from Brazil.

Dilma Rousseff has been elected president of Brazil to succeed Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, electoral officials have confirmed…In her victory speech, she said her first priority would be to lift 20 million Brazilians out of poverty.

“I reiterate my fundamental promise: the eradication of poverty,” she said.

“We must not rest while there are Brazilians going hungry.”

Her election as the country’s first female leader, Ms Rousseff said, was a sign of the democratic progress Brazil had made.

Her priority now was to make sure that such equality of opportunity between men and women became the norm at every level, she added.

“I would like parents who have daughters to look straight in their eyes and tell them: ‘Yes, a woman can.'”