The U.S. was quick to recognize Brazil’s first female-elect President, Dilma Rousseff in anticipation of her being sworn into office on January 1, 2011.
President Obama telephoned Rousseff earlier today to congratulate her on yesterday’s election. In the call he expressed his appreciation of the US.-Brazil relationship and looks forward to meeting her. The Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton also issued congratulatory comments:
“We congratulate President-elect Dilma Rousseff on her election. We also congratulate the millions of Brazilians who exercised their right to vote in both the first round elections on October 3 and in the October 31 runoff. The exemplary electoral process again illustrates Brazil’s long-standing respect for democratic governance, civil rights, and individual liberties, values that we share in common.”
“We look forward to working with President-elect Dilma Rousseff to deepen our partnership and advance common goals for the benefit of our two peoples and the Americas.”