1 Nov 2010

Rousseff wins presidential poll in Brazil

3:57 pm on 1 November 2010

A former guerilla leader has won Brazil's presidential election and will become the first woman to lead Latin America's largest economy.

Dilma Rousseff, 62, the ruling party's candidate, won 55.5% of the valid votes cast on Sunday in a second round poll.

Jose Serra of the Social Democratic Party received 44%.

Ms Rousseff is the former chief of staff of outgoing president Lula da Silva and has promised to stick to his policies.

As a freedom fighter during the 1970s, she endured jail and torture by her military captors.

Ms Rousseff will be sworn in as president on 1 January.