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Weekly Report - 05 April 2018 (WR-18-13)

BRAZIL: End of the line for Lula

The political career of former president Lula da Silva (2003-2011) appears to be over, although his political legacy as a pioneer for social welfare will endure. Just before we went to press, Brazil’s supreme court (STF) rejected Lula’s final attempt to avoid a jail sentence for corruption, crushing his hopes of running for re-election in October. This marks a resounding defeat for Brazil’s Left and the Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT) Lula founded.

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