A brief primer on new Brazilian president, Dilma Rousseff

Brazil’s new left-leaning government will be sworn in Saturday. Dilma Rousseff, re-elected in October, will assume the presidency until elections in late 2018. Here’s a breakdown of who she is, what she’s done, and what she plans to do now.

Dilma Rousseff Born in 1955, she was the granddaughter of former Supreme Court President Antonio Rubens Batista, who came from a wealthy Brazilian family that had dominated politics for most of the 20th century. Despite being a well-educated law student and a member of the Brazilian Socialist Party, Rousseff was a political novice when she was elected to her first term as chairwoman of the country’s Senate in 1999. In that role, she helped to co-author Brazil’s constitution, and was one of the first people to remove Corazon Aquino’s removal, before a political coup took her out of office in 1988.

U.S. influence Rousseff was elected to her second term as president in 2010, and it was during that time that Obama and Rousseff held one of their last meetings. According to Foreign Policy, this was the first meeting between a sitting U.S. president and a head of state from a country that had not invaded or attacked the United States.

A second chance Rousseff promised Brazil would become the first “green economy” nation by 2020, with a goal of increasing the share of its gross domestic product that comes from “renewable” energies from 5 percent to 25 percent by 2020. She also said that the $185 billion in clean energy investments that she had pushed to be made by 2017 would double by the end of her administration.

Youth Bill Rousseff attempted to make Brazil the first country in the world to limit the voting age to 18 when she signed a bill into law in 2009. Brazil’s electoral court overturned the measure in 2014, however, in favor of lowering the voting age to 16.

Narcotics policy Rousseff has been criticized for providing financial support to promote the legalization of certain drugs to fight the opioid epidemic. Her supporters claim the amendment allows a drug policy based on evidence, rather than solely on a belief that prohibition is ineffective.

Impeachment The Senate voted to place Rousseff in charges after a so-called Car Wash investigation revealed that she sought to conceal publicly-released budgetary data, which led to $50 billion in hidden debt. The charges could see Rousseff’s case go to trial before the Supreme Court, but the Senate will decide her fate.

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