Rousseff Starts Second Term

Via the BBC:  Brazil’s Dilma Rousseff sworn in for a second term

Representatives from more than 130 countries attended the swearing-in ceremony, which also saw Vice-President Michel Temer take his oath.

The presidents of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro; Uruguay, Jose Mujica; Bolivia, Evo Morales, and Chile, Michelle Bachelet were among the leaders present.

US Vice President Joe Biden and his Chinese counterpart Li Yuanchao also attended, according to Agencia Brasil.

Challenges for Rousseff going forward include economic growth, continued poverty reduction, and the Petrobras scandal:

Her government faces a challenge from the ongoing Petrobras scandal, which emerged during the election campaign.

Ms Rousseff served as chair of the Petrobras board for seven years until 2010, but has denied any knowledge of wrongdoing.

So far, 39 people have been indicted on charges that include corruption, money laundering and racketeering.

They are accused of forming a cartel to drive up the prices of major Petrobras infrastructure projects and of channelling more than $3.9bn (£2.5bn) money into a kickback scheme at Petrobras to pay politicians.

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Steven L. Taylor is a Professor of Political Science and a College of Arts and Sciences Dean. His main areas of expertise include parties, elections, and the institutional design of democracies. His most recent book is the co-authored A Different Democracy: American Government in a 31-Country Perspective. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Texas and his BA from the University of California, Irvine. He has been blogging since 2003 (originally at the now defunct Poliblog). Follow Steven on Twitter