Turning pink again

Brazil – the debate over Lula’s policies

Such is Brazil's size and influence that if Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who was in office for two consecutive terms in 2003-2011, wins a third term in elections due next October, the second wave of the pink tide will be deemed to have gathered a lot of critical momentum. Social democrats have long praised Lula as a pragmatic politician with strong negotiating skills. Although he and his administration have been accused of corruption, at a personal level, court convictions against him have been overturned after being judged to have been biased against him. Unlike the incumbent Jair Bolsonaro, Lula is also widely considered to have accepted democratic checks and balances, and to have respected the rule of law.

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