What Will Lula’s Release From Prison Mean for Brazil’s Left?

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is carried by supporters during a rally after his release from prison, Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, Nov. 9, 2019 (AP photo by Nelson Antoine).
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is carried by supporters during a rally after his release from prison, Sao Bernardo do Campo, Brazil, Nov. 9, 2019 (AP photo by Nelson Antoine).
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Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, popularly known as Lula, was released earlier this month after more than 18 months in prison for corruption. “We are going to do a lot of fighting,” he told a crowd of cheering supporters in Sao Paulo, as he vowed that Brazil’s left would defeat far-right President Jair Bolsonaro in the 2022 election. But many questions remain, not only about Lula’s own legal woes, but about whether he can help overcome divisions among left-wing parties. One of the co-founders of the main opposition Workers’ Party, or PT, Lula is still its dominant […]

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