Brazil’s Lula to be President Rousseff’s chief of staff

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35820671

Brazil’s former president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, will become the new chief of staff for President Dilma Rousseff.

The move shields Lula from possible prosecution by a federal judge investigating a massive corruption scandal named Operation Car Wash.

But Ms Rousseff said that was not the motivation for the appointment.

“Lula’s arrival in my government strengthens it and there are people who don’t want it to be stronger.”

Under Brazilian law, cabinet members can only be tried by the Supreme Court.

Lula was questioned two weeks ago over allegations of money laundering connected to Operation Car Wash.

He says the allegations are aimed at preventing him from running for president again in 2018.

He is a “skilful political negotiator” and experienced leader who will help kick off economic recovery, said Ms Rousseff.

During his time in office, the Brazilian economy experienced unprecedented economic growth and wealth redistribution.

“I believe [former] President Lula, who was in charge of the country for eight years, cannot have his reputation destroyed in this manner,” added Ms Rousseff.

He is a “skilful political negotiator” and experienced leader who will help kick off economic recovery, said Ms Rousseff.

During his time in office, the Brazilian economy experienced unprecedented economic growth and wealth redistribution.

“I believe [former] President Lula, who was in charge of the country for eight years, cannot have his reputation destroyed in this manner,” added Ms Rousseff.

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nice move dilma..not quite checkmate but very close..

“The move shields Lula from possible prosecution by a federal judge investigating a massive corruption scandal named Operation Car Wash. But Ms Rousseff said that was not the motivation for the appointment. “Lula’s arrival in my government strengthens it and there are people who don’t want it to be stronger.” Under Brazilian law, cabinet members can only be tried by the Supreme Court.”

so for now corruption goes unpunished and the elite are above the law..

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~ by seeker401 on March 18, 2016.

One Response to “Brazil’s Lula to be President Rousseff’s chief of staff”

  1. oops..that was quick!

    Brazil judge blocks Lula appointment to government

    http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-35835795

    A Brazilian judge has blocked the appointment of ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as chief of staff to his successor, Dilma Rousseff, shortly after he was sworn in.

    The judge’s injunction said there was a risk a federal investigation could be derailed if Lula was a minister.

    In Brazil, cabinet members can only be investigated by the Supreme Court, not by federal courts.

    Lula is under investigation in connection with a corruption scandal.

    The government has appealed against the decision.

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