Carlos Franklin Araujo was married to the current 36th president and first female to hold the Brazilian office since January 2011; 65-year-old Dilma Vana Rousseff.
The couple were partners for 30 years before separating in 2000. Carlos and a tortured and just out of jail Dilma started a life together in Porto Alegre.
Carlos a lawyer by profession is now 72-years-old; he resides in his large residence in Porto Alegre, the same property where he and Dilma lived for around 20 years.
In 1973, it was there that Dilma departed to carry books and food to her husband, political prisoner who was serving time in prison on the island, close the property.
The couple had an only daughter named Paula Rousseff Araujo. She also spent her childhood there. Can you imagine all the memories! During a recent interview where all the family was reunited due to the baptism of Carlos first grandchild, he said about his former companion:
“Dilma and I had a great love life, emotional, rich for both,” said Araujo. “We always helped. Today I consider a sister Dilma”
Franklin is often heard in his country about political issues; the ex-husband served three terms as a Member State by PDT of Porto Alegre. He keeps a strong emotional bond with his daughter Paula who is now a mother and 34-year-old lawyer who acts as prosecutor of labor but has abstained of participating directly in politics. Araujo often talks to his daughter but rather avoid talking about issues related to the life of Rousseff.
Araujo suffers from emphysema so convinced by the doctors who provide him from time to time with oxygen that he keps at home and in his office, he doesn’t go as often to the rallies.
He usually wakes up at three in the morning, does some cardio, sips a cup of coffee and is off to his office located in the center of the state capital. His companions at home are two dogs named by his ex-wife.
Araujo is one of the closes people of Dilma to this day; he was born in Rio Grande and they met when he was 31-years-old while she was still married to journalist Galeno, who was Dilma’s first husband.
Araujo’s father Afrânio Araújo, was a prominent defense lawyer and at that time a young Araujo had joined the PCB or “Partido Communist Brasileiro” and had traveled to Latin America meeting with Latin leaders such as Castro and Che Guevara.
Araujo’s political career advanced into becoming one of several leaders of movements such as VAR Palmares he was imprisoned several times and was often referred as “subversive”