Brazil Inaugurates First Female President


Brazil's first female president was sworn in Saturday amid cheers and tears from supporters, many of whom followed her rise from freedom fighter brutally persecuted in the 1960s to leader of her country.

Addressing the nation as president for the first time, Dilma Rousseff said she felt the historic weight of her presidency.

""This is the first time that the presidential sash hangs over the shoulders of a woman,"" she said.

""I am committed to honoring women, to protecting the most vulnerable and to govern for all.""

Rousseff, 62, replaces Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, the most popular president in Brazil's recent history. Rousseff served as his chief of staff.

Rousseff, who was elected in October in a runoff vote, was sworn in just before 3 p.m. local time, along with her vice president, Michel Temer.

Chanting the song of Rousseff's PT Worker's Party -- ""Ole ole ole ola... Lula Lula..."" -- crowds gathered in the historic National Congress in support of their new president.