Friday, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff reaffirmed that she will not step down from the government, before a scheduled nationwide protest against her government.
- She had never thought about resigning, despite the pressure from the opposition
According to Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, ” Why did I never consider resigning? Because, it is not possible that someone intends to take down a president, elected by popular vote, just for disagreeing with some policies and processes,” she said. ”We must learn that democracy demands respect for the institutions, and this is essential, not only for me, but for all other presidents who come after me.”
Earlier on Wednesday, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff appeared in another two events, making similar speeches and stressing the importance of the matter at different occasions over the past weeks. It was not the first time that the president has made such a statement.
Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff has been reiterating in the media the importance of respecting institutions and election results for the South American country to overcome its economic problems and to be respected abroad. She also commented on the large protest against her government scheduled for Sunday. She said that such actions are a part of democracy, but the president condemned intolerance and violence.
Dilma Vana Rousseff (born 14 December 1947) is the 36th and current President of Brazil. She is the first woman to hold the office. She was previously the Chief of Staff of the President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva from 2005 to 2010.
The daughter of a Bulgarian entrepreneur, Rousseff was raised in an upper middle class household in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais. She became a socialist during her youth, and following the 1964 coup d’état joined various left-wing and Marxist urban guerrilla groups that fought against the military dictatorship. Rousseff was eventually captured and was jailed between 1970 and 1972, where she was reportedly tortured.
After her release, Rousseff rebuilt her life in Porto Alegre with Carlos Araújo, who would be her partner for 30 years. Both helped found the Democratic Labour Party (PDT) in Rio Grande do Sul, participating in several of the party’s electoral campaigns. She became the Secretary of the Treasury of the City of Porto Alegre in the Alceu Collares Administration, and later the Secretary of Energy of the State of Rio Grande do Sul under both the Collares and Olívio Dutra Administrations. In 2000, after an internal dispute in the Dutra cabinet, she left the PDT and joined the Workers’ Party (PT).
In 2002, Rousseff joined the committee responsible for the energy policy of presidential candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who, after winning the election, invited her to become Minister of Energy. In 2005, a political crisis triggered by a corruption scandal led to the resignation of Chief of Staff José Dirceu. Rousseff took over the post, remaining in office until 31 March 2010, when she stepped down in order to run for president. She was elected in a run-off on 31 October 2010, beating Partido da Social Democracia Brasileira (PSDB) candidate José Serra, and re-elected on 26 October 2014 with a narrow second round victory overAécio Neves, also of the PSDB.IMAGE/Jonathan Ernst/Bloomberg