Today I was going to write about my recent return to London for my first NaBlo post, but there’s bigger news out there I’d rather discuss. Brazil has elected its first woman president. In a country pretty much based on the patriarch system this qualifies as a HUGE DEAL. Having lived in Brazil, I am not as surprised as some Brazilians seem to be at this feat. I knew it would happen. Brazil has always had huge potential to be a progressive country. It’s right there on the flag: ‘Ordem e Progresso’ (order and progress), though my Brazilian friends often joke self-effacingly it should be ‘desordem e regresso’ (disorder and regression).
This article by the BBC questions whether or not Brazil simply voted for continuity. I don’t know if it was continuity, or simply being forced to pick the ‘best of the worst’ from a list of candidates – all of them somewhat ill-suited to governing one of the world’s largest and most diverse countries. Only time will tell how Dilma governs. I can only hope she’ll continue to lead Brazil into ordem e progresso.