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The Brazilian Elections: Why Dilma Rousseff’s Presidency Was Not Even

The Brazilian Elections: Why Dilma Rousseff’s Presidency Was Not Even

Dilma Rousseff Fast Facts 2018


Dilma Rousseff’s presidential term came to an end on May 10, 2018. There are many reasons for her presidency to end the way it did; all of them are based on how Dilma Rousseff’s style of governing worked with her party.

What happened?

Dilma Rousseff won the election on May 6, 2018, which was the first time since 1992 that the first woman and minority candidate won the presidency of Brazil. As the Brazilian elections have been historically important in the country, for the first time, a woman was able to win for the presidency.

The results of the election were not expected at all as Dilma Rousseff’s party, the Brazilian Socialist Party, had been in power for over 30 years, and, even before the election, the party’s leader, Antonio Palocci, predicted a victory for his party for the next few months.

However, the election results were quite unexpected as there was a clear pattern indicating that the votes were not as divided between candidates, but more divided in the same way as in the last election. This was not expected by the pollsters at all.

Thus, Dilma Rousseff was reelected president of the republic, and the first woman president of the republic, but she fell short of a majority. If the elections were an even contest, she should have easily been reelected president. This was the result of the way Dilma Rousseff’s style of governing, and thus, of the way in which she was elected, and her party’s style of governing, worked as a majority in the past for the socialists and a majority was a more difficult task for the socialist’s leader, Antonio Palocci.

However, the elections were not even. The electoral fraud was a national embarrassment for Brazil, but Dilma Rousseff was not

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