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Clinton to attend Brazilian president's inauguration

By the CNN Wire Staff
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Brazil elects first female president
  • The inauguration of President-elect Rousseff is January 1
  • State Department: United States wants to deepen its relationship with Brazil

Washington (CNN) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will attend Saturday's inauguration of Brazilian President-elect Dilma Rousseff, the State Department announced Wednesday.

State Department spokesman Philip Crowley called Brazil an "essential partner" and said the United States "is committed to deepening our relationship on a wide range of bilateral, regional, and global issues with Brazil's government and people."

"The United States looks forward to working with President-elect Rousseff and her administration to advance these and other shared goals," Crowley said in a statement.

Rousseff, a left-wing guerrilla fighter during the military dictatorship rule in the 1960s, is the first woman elected president of Brazil. She previously served as energy minister and as chief of staff of her predecessor -- President Luis Inacio da Silva.