01/01/2011NEWS IN ENGLISH – Dilma says economic growth requires union
Reporter Agência Brasil
Brasília – In her first speech to the nation as president, Dilma Rousseff, speaking at the podium (“parlatório”) at the Palacio do Planalto after receiving the presidential sash from Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, called on Brazilians to come together in national union around the ideal of growth. Dilma said that united the country would be able to create more and better opportunities for all.
“My dream is no different from that of any other citizen. It is the dream of a mother and a father who want their children to have better opportunities than they had. It is a dream to build a country, a family, a nation. It is the challenge to raise up a country,” said Dilma in an emotional speech that left her in tears a number of times, tears that brought forth much applause from an audience of thousands who braved a pause in the rain to listen from the grass in front of the Congress and in the Plaza of the Three Powers (“Praça dos Tres Poderes”). [There was heavy rain during the first part of the inaugural events and rain threatened throughout the day, but there was a break in the bad weather when Dilma made her speech].
In the speech, Dilma spoke of pursuing what many consider impossible dreams.
“Because he did not believe in the impossible, president Lula was able to do much for the country. Now, I will need the help of all of you. I want to ask all of you, from east to west, north to south, to pitch in. If we all work together for Brazil, Brazil will pay us back in double for our efforts. God bless Brazil and its people. I hope that all of us, together, can build a world of peace.”
Later in the evening Dilma will attend a dinner with authorities and representatives of foreign governments at the Foreign Ministry (“Palacio do Itamaraty”).
Allen Bennett – translator/editor The News in English
Link – No parlatório, Dilma pede união de todos para projeto de crescimento econômico