Brazil, home to the most successful nation in FIFA World Cup™ history and hosts for the next FIFA World Cup finals in 2014, has a new President.
In the run-off election on Sunday 31 October 2010 to determine the successor to Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, ruling Partido dos Trabalhadores (Workers' Party) candidate Dilma Rousseff won with more than 55 per cent of the votes. The South American nation, famed for its deep passion for football, will thus have a woman as its President for the first time.
Rousseff succeeds Lula, who steps down at the end of the year after a second four-year term of office. "I intend to be a President for all Brazilians," the 62-year-old declared after the announcement of the results.
It gives me immense pleasure to congratulate you on your election to the Presidency of the Federative Republic of Brazil.
"I clearly set out my ideas in the election campaign: quality in healthcare, education, and national security, and a relentless fight against drugs and violence."
FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter has written to Rousseff congratulating her on her election. "It gives me immense pleasure to congratulate you on your election to the Presidency of the Federative Republic of Brazil," Blatter wrote.
"I am sure that the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil will provide a trigger for long-term and sustained social, cultural and educational development and that the power of our game will have a positive impact on the Brazilian society."