Brazil's popular but scandal-plagued leftist ex-president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva got an unlikely morale boost on Monday from a political nemesis, current President Michel Temer. Lula easily leads the polls heading to October's presidential election but his dream of returning to office was left in doubt last week after an appeals court upheld an earlier corruption conviction against him.
The court also slapped him with a 12-year prison sentence. However, with lawyers continuing to challenge the conviction and sentence, Temer says Lula remains a viable force.
He's a very charismatic figure. There's a reason he's leading opinion polls, Temer said on Radio Bandeirantes. I don't think he's dead.
Lula was in office from 2003 to 2010 and won praise for presiding over a booming economy and large-scale anti-poverty measures. However, his legacy has since been heavily tainted by corruption revelations.
Lula's handpicked successor, Dilma Rousseff, was tossed out of office after being impeached in 2016. She was replaced by Temer, a center-right politician who says his job is to undo damage caused during the Lula-Rousseff era.
Temer made clear that his admiration for Lula has its limits. Personally, I'd prefer him... to stand in the election so that he can be beaten at the polls, because that would calm the country, he said.
Temer, who has relied on congressional allies to protect him against his own corruption charges, is not running in October.
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Charismatic is not the same thing as honest!Jan 30th, 2018 - 10:06 am +1
A Classic Political Reality [or a reality SHOW]! While the ignorant masses take sides vehemently AND violently; to the Elite-Crooks; whoever gives an edge - ANY kind of an advantage; is a friend [a temporary friend].Jan 30th, 2018 - 10:14 am +1
Ultimately and by ANY means, THEY need more & more Power AND Money and ALL the rest be DAMNED! REF:
@:o))Jan 30th, 2018 - 05:46 pm +1
Tudo conversa p´ra boi dormir...