A former finance minister and close confidant of Brazil’s Lula da Silva accused the ex-president of receiving bribes from contractor Odebrecht, adding to a list of corruption accusations that threaten Lula’s ability to run for president in 2018.
A medical doctor by training, Antonio Palocci was Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's finance minister and a key player in the 2002 election campaign that put the union and PT (Workers Party) leader in the presidential seat.
Brazilian presidents Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff former Presidential Chief of Staff and Finance Minister Antonio Palocci was temporarily arrested on Monday morning in São Paulo as part of the 35th phase of the Lava Jato (Car Wash) Operation investigating the Petrobras corruption scandal.
Ex Brazilian president Lula da Silva regrets having handpicked suspended president Dilma Rousseff as his political heiress, according to a taped conversation leaked to the media. In the audio between former president Jose Sarney and Sergio Machado, a former head of Transpetro, a state-run natural gas company, who is believed to have entered a plea bargain with the prosecution, the two men comment on Lula's confession.
Brazil's ex president Lula da Silva declared that there is “no more honest living soul in the country” than him, as he angrily rejected new corruption allegations linking himself and some of his relatives to the corruption scandal involving state-run oil company Petrobras.
Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff ordered a “cleanup and fumigation” in the Agriculture ministry following claims of lobbyism and suspended all tenders at the Ministry of Transport where the minister and his top staff resigned because of corruption charges.
Brazil's transport minister became the latest top official to quit because of corruption allegations, adding to the recent struggles of President Dilma Rousseff's six-month-old government.
Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff public opinion support climbed two points following last week’s cabinet reshuffle and a majority of Brazilians also believes that former president Lula da Silva continues to intervene in government affairs and this participation is ‘correct’.
Petrobras announced Friday in an official release that President Dilma Rousseff’s administration former chief of staff Antonio Palocci had resigned to his post in the Administration Council of the country’s oil and gas state-controlled corporation.
Commenting this week’s resignation of Brazilian chief of staff Antonio Palocci in the midst of a political crisis that has shaken Brazil in the past few days, former president Lula da Silva said that Dilma “had the authority to fire the chief of staff and acted at the right time.”