Tag: Lula da Silva

Lula da Silva
Thursday, May 19th 2016 - 08:02 UTC

Lula's most trusted and closest political advisor sentenced to 23 years in prison

Dirceu was former President Lula da Silva's chief of staff from 2003 to 2005 before being forced to step down over a congressional vote-buying scheme.

A Brazilian federal judge on Wednesday sentenced Jose Dirceu, a former presidential chief of staff, to 23 years and three months in prison for his role in a massive corruption scheme centered on state-controlled oil company Petrobras. Judge Sergio Moro, who is spearheading the bribes-for-inflated contracts probe, found Dirceu guilty of accepting and paying bribes and money laundering.

Wednesday, May 4th 2016 - 08:46 UTC

Attorney General accuses Lula da Silva of a key role in Petrobras huge corruption scandal

Janot said corruption could not have taken place without the participation of the former leader. Lula was in office between 2003 and 2011, and denies allegations.

Brazil's Attorney General Rodrigo Janot has asked the Supreme Court to authorize an investigation against former President Lula da Silva for alleged corruption. Janot accused Lula of playing a key role in the huge corruption scandal at the state oil company, Petrobras.

Friday, April 29th 2016 - 07:10 UTC

“The maker of presidents” (including Lula, Dilma and Chavez) formally charged with corruption

Santana, who was arrested in February, is accused of receiving bribes from the Odebrecht group in a scheme to divert funds from Petrobras

Brazilian prosecutors charged political strategist Joao Santana, the architect of President Dilma Rousseff’s 2010 and 2014 election victories, and 16 others with corruption on Thursday as part of a massive graft investigation.

Friday, April 29th 2016 - 05:44 UTC

Mercosur unmoved by Rousseff''s invocation of the “democratic clause”

Argentina said it is most respectful of the Brazilian constitutional process

“We respect the Brazilian constitutional process” and thus Argentina does not have plans to follow on president Dilma Rousseff announcement that she will appeal to Mercosur to implement the “democratic clause” if the impeachment process to remove the head of state from office advances in the country's Senate.

Thursday, April 28th 2016 - 07:59 UTC

Lula's party would call for fresh elections if Dilma is removed from office

Rousseff admits that a period of 180 days out of office with PMDB Temer as acting president would create the “worst possible” conditions for her to return

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff concedes that even if the full Senate finally votes against her impeachment, she may be obliged to support the call for new presidential elections this year, according to Folha, one of Sao Paulo's most influential dailies.

Tuesday, April 26th 2016 - 09:02 UTC

Lula warns that if Rousseff's impeachment advances, PT will resist in the streets

The initiative seeking Rousseff's removal “is headed by corrupt politicians who are not accommodating themselves to the result at the polls,” Lula said.

Former President Lula da Silva attacked on Monday the “gang” of lawmakers who “have implanted an agenda of chaos” in Brazil by pushing to impeach and remove incumbent head of state Dilma Rousseff. Lula participated in Sao Paulo in a seminar with representatives of leftist parties, including Italy's former Prime Minister Massimo D'Alema.

Thursday, April 21st 2016 - 12:34 UTC

Mounting evidence against Lula da Silva at Brazil's Supreme Court

Rousseff appointed Lula da Silva to the chief of staff job March 16 to help her battle the impeachment effort.

Brazil's Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended a meeting that was to decide whether former President Lula da Silva can be his successor's chief of staff. The delay came three days after the lower house of Congress voted to begin impeachment proceedings against President Dilma Rousseff. She is accused of using accounting tricks in managing the federal budget.

Thursday, April 14th 2016 - 05:27 UTC

Temer preparing to take over…”I will be ready” as Rousseff's coalition melts

Politicians have begun to flock to the residence of the man who would replace Rousseff if she is convicted, Vice President Michel Temer to declare their support

President Dilma Rousseff pledged on Wednesday to form a government of national unity if she survives an impeachment vote in Congress this weekend, but the odds of became steeper as allies continued to desert her. In effect a stream of defections from Rousseff's coalition makes it increasingly likely she will lose Sunday's ballot in the Lower House of Congress.

Tuesday, April 12th 2016 - 07:15 UTC

Brazil's Lower House votes on Rousseff's impeachment next Sunday

The special committee voted 38 to 27 in favour of accepting impeachment charges against president Dilma Rousseff

A commission considering impeachment charges against Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff voted on Monday 38 to 27 in favour of accepting them, which sends the question to the full lower house of Congress for a vote most probably next Sunday. The decision deals a blow to the beleaguered Brazilian president and complicates the country’s political situation.

Monday, April 11th 2016 - 07:03 UTC

Brazilians favor early elections if both Rousseff and Temer are impeached

According to Datafolha, 61% of Brazilians want Rousseff to be impeached by Congress, compared to 68% in March, while 58% want Temer to have the same fate.

A smaller majority of Brazilians favor the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff compared to last month, while more than half want her immediate successor to be impeached too, according to a survey released on Saturday by polling firm Datafolha.

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