Presidential Candidate faces chemotherapy

April 26th, 2009

Photo: Fabio Pozzebom Agencia Brasil

Photo: Fabio Pozzebom, Agencia Brasil

Dilma Rousseff, the choice of Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to succeed him, will have to undergo four months of chemotherapy treatment, after recently having a malignant tumour under her left armpit removed.

Doctors in São Paulo say there is a 90% chance the treatment will be successful because it was spotted in the early stages.

Dilma, 61, President Lula’s Chief of Staff, says she plans to continue working normally.

Brazil holds presidential elections towards the end of next year and should Dilma get the ruling Workers Party (PT) nomination, she could become Brazil’s first female head of state.

Dilma, who was jailed and tortured by authorities during Brazil’s military dictatorship period, recently rejected media suggestions she knew anything about an alleged plot by an armed opposition group with which she had links to kidnap a leading economist at the end of 1969.

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