Brazil’s Workers’ Party May Soon Be Forced to Start Pondering Life After Lula

Demonstrators shout slogans in support of Brazilian former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Jan. 24, 2018 (AP photo by Andre Penner).
Demonstrators shout slogans in support of Brazilian former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Sao Paulo, Brazil, Jan. 24, 2018 (AP photo by Andre Penner).
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On Jan. 24, a Brazilian appeals court upheld corruption charges against former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Despite the ruling, Lula, as he is popularly known, still leads the polls ahead of presidential elections slated for Oct. 7. In an email interview, Kurt Weyland, a professor in the department of government at the University of Texas at Austin and author of several books on Brazil and Latin America, discusses what’s next for Lula, his leftist Workers’ Party and Brazil’s corruption-plagued democracy. WPR: After his corruption conviction was upheld, what can we expect from Lula going forward? Kurt Weyland: It […]

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