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“When a rich man steals they name him minister”, Lula da Silva quote in 1998

Thursday, March 17th 2016 - 06:38 UTC
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“When a poor man steals, he ends in jail; when a rich man steals he is named minister”, the phrase belongs to Lula da Silva, when he was leading the opposition. “When a poor man steals, he ends in jail; when a rich man steals he is named minister”, the phrase belongs to Lula da Silva, when he was leading the opposition.
Rousseff announced judicial and administrative measures to “repair the flagrant violation of the law and the constitution committed by judge” Moro. Rousseff announced judicial and administrative measures to “repair the flagrant violation of the law and the constitution committed by judge” Moro.
Allegedly the decree was sent to Lula so that he could sign it and make it official since he would not be in Brasilia for the official taking up of the post Allegedly the decree was sent to Lula so that he could sign it and make it official since he would not be in Brasilia for the official taking up of the post

“When a poor man steals, he ends in jail; when a rich man steals he is named minister”, the phrase belongs to Lula da Silva back in 1998 when he was leading the opposition, and it is now being repeated in social networks. In effect, on Wednesday Lula was named chief of staff by president Dilma Rousseff, who also phoned him to tell him she would be sending him the official decree on his nomination, so that he make use of it “if necessary”.

 That extract was largely seen as confirmation that an aim of Lula's nomination to the post on Wednesday was to spare him possible arrest for corruption. Cabinet ministers can only be tried before the Supreme Court in Brazil and ministerial immunity will now protect Lula from prosecution in criminal court.

The recording was made public by federal judge Sergio Moro, who is heading a probe into Brazil's biggest ever corruption scandal. The recording was from Lula's bugged phone.

Lula vigorously denies involvement in the scandal, in which investigators say construction companies conspired with Petrobras executives to overbill the oil giant to the tune of $2 billion, paying huge bribes to politicians and parties along the way.

The release of the recording caused an uproar in Congress, where furious opposition lawmakers shouted “Resign! Resign!”. People spontaneously gathered in the capital Brasilia demanding that Lula step down and Rousseff leave office and to show their support Moro.

In Sao Paulo also several thousand protesters shouted “Resign, resign” at the foot of a high rise housing FIESP, the powerful federation of Sao Paulo industries that was illuminated in green and yellow -- Brazil's national colors -- in addition to a large inscription that read “Impeach now.”

The presidency responded by announcing in a statement that “judicial and administrative measures” would be taken to “repair the flagrant violation of the law and the constitution committed by judge” Moro, without going into specifics.

It said that Rousseff sent the decree to Lula only so that he could sign it and make it official since he had indicated he would not be in Brasilia for the official taking up of the role planned for Thursday.

Lula's appointment is a risky bet for Rousseff, who is battling crises on multiple fronts: an impeachment attempt, a deep recession, mass protests and the fallout of the Petrobras scandal. The impeachment push against Rousseff is not directly related to the corruption scandal, but has advanced in tandem with it, deepening the crisis engulfing her administration.

On Sunday, an estimated three million Brazilians flooded the streets in nationwide protests calling for Rousseff's departure.

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  • Skip

    The level of hypocrisy in Brazil has reached an all time high.

    Mar 17th, 2016 - 08:03 am 0
  • L0B0MAU

    The questions:
    #1: if Lula/D.R. should have ANY power at all or not and
    #2: should they be prosecuted as common criminals or not;
    must be voted - DIRECTLY - by the population itself - in a plebiscite or referendum. This is the only way by which it will be possible:
    - to stop the crooks from going on making fools of the Brazilians
    - taking the Brazilians for a never-ending ride and
    - to hear the “Voice of the People”

    Unfortunately in Brazil, The BIGGEST problem with these political jokes; is that they ALWAYS get elected! THAT is the ONLY reason why a country like Brazil - with a great potential - is held at ransom by the common crooks.

    Mar 17th, 2016 - 09:27 am 0
  • Brasileiro

    First, Lula is not rich. Second, Lula never stole anything.

    It is necessary to cut diplomatic relations with the United States and Western Europe.

    Mar 17th, 2016 - 10:46 am 0
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