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Lula da Silva breaks into tears recalling events of his eight years in office

Friday, July 23rd 2010 - 23:03 UTC
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In politics you can never say no, said the Brazilian leader In politics you can never say no, said the Brazilian leader

Brazil's President Lula da Silva broke down to tears in front of the TV cameras during an interview with Brazilian network “TV Record” when the popular leader recapped some of his administration's social achievements.

He was particularly moved when he recalled a loan granted by a government bank to a cooperative of card board and paper for recycling collectors and when he received a delegation of homeless at the presidential palace.

President Lula da Silva steps down next December 31st after eight years in office and did not discard a possible return in 2014. He has a support rating above 80% and has been the most popular leader of Brazil since Getulio Vargas six decades ago.

“I'm speaking from my heart when I say that I will not run for president in 2014, but in politics you can never say no. Anyway, other than having some neuronal problems I should only think and focus on becoming a good ex president.”

Presidential elections will take place on next October 3rd, and Lula da Silva’s Workers Party is promoting candidate Dilma Rousseff, his former energy minister and cabinet chief, who is facing the tightest dispute in decades.

Lula da Silva also broke into tears when he remembered his poor childhood and his past as a union leader and when he personally delivered a credit of 200 million Reales from the BNDES to the cardboard collectors cooperative, many of whom lived under bridges in downtown Sao Paulo.

The Brazilian leader also cried after he recalled when the Brazilian Homeless Movement entered the presidential palace for the first time without any protesting intentions but simply to express their gratitude for having been invited.

“I think I'm getting older and that's why I get this emotional”, Lula da Silva said to the journalist that was leading the interview.

However he admitted that if Ms Rousseff is finally elected, he would be willing to participate in social programs. But “my successor will have to begin applying next January her plans and actions. For me meantime it will mean looking at the First Lady (his wife Marisa Leticia) and I’m sure she’ll look back and ask me ‘what now Lulita’”.
 

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  • harrier61

    Pity he didn't mention his failures, like allying himself with a backward country like Argentina, then he could have had a real sob.

    Besides, he's already said that Dilma Rousseff will be better than any male Brazilian president in the last 500 years. Regrettably forgetting that Brazil has only had presidents since 1889.

    Jul 23rd, 2010 - 11:33 pm 0
  • Nicholas

    “Pity he didn't mention his failures, like allying himself with a backward country like Argentina, then he could have had a real sob.”

    Maybe because he thinks that allying with Argie land would be a failure for him. Anyway, why should any foreign leader ally with the Republic of che clowns..huh? The're a bunch of protectionist, socialist Falklands haters...Laugh.

    Jul 24th, 2010 - 04:12 am 0
  • Marco

    “ He has a support rating above 80% and has been the most popular leader of Brazil since Getulio Vargas six decades ago.”
    Argentina and Brasil says:
    God bless the Lula!

    Jul 24th, 2010 - 05:13 am 0
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