Meanwhile, Brazil forges along its path to the glorious future of which it has always dreamed. This year, both Australia and Brazil both got their first female leaders, and both enduring unusually drawn-out election campaigns to get there. But in the end Dilma Rousseff triumphed in this week’s second round of the Presidential elections and now moves into Brasilia’s Palácio da Alvorada, vowing to uphold the policies of the hugely popular and – by any measure – successful President Lula. Still, his are big shoes to fill.
Rouseff is the daughter of a Bulgarian immigrant who grew up in Belo Horizonte, and was tortured by the military police in the 1970s as a Marxist student activist, before earning her reputation as a level-headed technocrat.
Good luck to her, and Brazil!