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Waldinei Medina, 29, in the Chapeu Mangueira slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 30, 2010, where Federal Deputy candidate Benedita da Silva is also from. Benedita, as she is known, was the first afro-Brazilian senator and the first female and black governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro and later Social Action Secretary in President Lula's government, where she was accused of using public resources to finance a personal trip. She resigned the post in 2004.(Australfoto/Douglas Engle)

Waldinei Medina, 29, in the Chapeu Mangueira slum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sept. 30, 2010, where Federal Deputy candidate Benedita da Silva is also from. Benedita, as she is known, was the first afro-Brazilian senator and the first female and black governor of the state of Rio de Janeiro and later Social Action Secretary in President Lula's government, where she was accused of using public resources to finance a personal trip. She resigned the post in 2004.(Australfoto/Douglas Engle)

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