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Brazil leader Rousseff sworn in for 2nd term; Faces economy, corruption challenges

  • Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, left, waves to the crowd, accompanied by her daughter Paula Rousseff Araujo, aboard a Rolls Royce on their way to the National Congress during her inauguration ceremony in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, January 1, 2015. Rousseff was re-elected to a second term to lead the world's fifth-largest nation after beating opposition contender Aecio Neves. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, left, waves to the crowd, accompanied by her daughter Paula Rousseff Araujo, aboard a Rolls Royce on their way to the National Congress during her inauguration ceremony in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, January 1, 2015. Rousseff was re-elected to a second term to lead the world's fifth-largest nation after beating opposition contender Aecio Neves. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)  (The Associated Press)

  • Supporters of President Dilma Rousseff await the beginning of the inauguration ceremony in the Tres Poderes Plaza, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. Brazil’s President Rousseff will be sworn into her second term in office, during an official ceremony at the Planalto Presidential Palace. (AP Photo/Beto Barata)

    Supporters of President Dilma Rousseff await the beginning of the inauguration ceremony in the Tres Poderes Plaza, in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, Jan. 1, 2015. Brazil’s President Rousseff will be sworn into her second term in office, during an official ceremony at the Planalto Presidential Palace. (AP Photo/Beto Barata)  (The Associated Press)

  • Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, left, waves to the crowd, accompanied by her daughter Paula Rousseff Araujo, in a Rolls Royce on their way to the National Congress during her inauguration ceremony in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, January 1, 2015. Rousseff was re-elected to a second term to lead the world's fifth-largest nation after beating opposition contender Aecio Neves. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)

    Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, left, waves to the crowd, accompanied by her daughter Paula Rousseff Araujo, in a Rolls Royce on their way to the National Congress during her inauguration ceremony in Brasilia, Brazil, Thursday, January 1, 2015. Rousseff was re-elected to a second term to lead the world's fifth-largest nation after beating opposition contender Aecio Neves. (AP Photo/Leo Correa)  (The Associated Press)

Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff has been sworn in for her second term.

Rousseff immediately faces tough challenges after taking the oath of office before congress on Thursday.

She must spark a moribund economy that's seen paltry growth since she first took office in 2011.

She also has to deal with a rapidly expanding scandal over a kickback scheme at state-run oil company Petrobras, with allegations bribes made their way into her Workers' Party campaign coffers and those of allied parties.

The left-leaning Rousseff was re-elected in October in a tight race against a more conservative rival.

It's the seventh consecutive time a directly elected president has started a term in office — something the country hasn't seen in nearly a century.