Tag: Lula da Silva

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Friday, June 24th 2016 - 12:02 UTC

Ex-top minister of Lula and Rousseff arrested; Senator Gleisi Hoffmann house raided

Paulo Bernardo was wanted in connection with the paying of US$30 million worth of bribes to public officials, it said.

A top ex-minister of Brazil's suspended president Dilma Rousseff became the latest official to get arrested in a sprawling corruption probe on Thursday, authorities said. Police also searched the headquarters of Rousseff's Workers Party in Sao Paulo in one of a series of raids across five states in the country.

Tuesday, June 21st 2016 - 07:29 UTC

Brazil slams Mercosur policies of 'populist governments”; proposes a more flexible working accord

 Serra pointed out it was not Brazil's intention to exterminate Mercosur, rather “we want deeper investment policies and physical integration”

Brazil wants a more flexible dynamic Mercosur which allows member countries to reach autonomous agreements with third parties, that can help overcome the de-industrialization process suffered by recent “populist governments”, said Brazilian foreign minister in a speech to the Sao Paulo State Federation of Industries, FIESP.

Saturday, June 4th 2016 - 08:34 UTC

Lula da Silva blasts media for trying to hide the “coup” against Rousseff

“After the coup, Globo simply took Dilma off the air as if she did not exist or had never existed”, claimed Lula.

Former Brazilian president Lula da Silva accused the media conglomerate Globo, the country’s largest, of censoring suspended president, Dilma Rousseff, adding that the interim government of Michel Temer is seeking to take away social rights and is “delivering” the nation’s oil for exploitation by foreign interests.

Monday, May 30th 2016 - 09:25 UTC

Lula regrets having elected Dilma as his successor, according to taped conversation

In the leaked tape Sarney recalls: “he (Lula)  told me that his only regret is having elected Dilma. The only mistake he made – and the worst of all”.

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.

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.

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