Profile: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Profile: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Luiz Inacio “Lula” da Silva – a leftist leader who rose from abject poverty to serve as Brazil‘s president from 2003 to 2010 – was widely tipped to win the country’s 2018 general election.

However, an appeals court on Wednesday upheld corruption and money-laundering convictions against the 71-year-old, and he is now barred from running.

Once called “the most popular politician on Earth” by Barack Obama, the former US president, Lula da Silva was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison last year after being accused of receiving more than $1m in bribes from construction giant OAS.

Lula da Silva is currently free but several of Brazil’s elite have been ensnared by Operation Car Wash, a huge investigation into a bribes-and-kickbacks network that has shaken the country’s political establishment and cost it more than $

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