Brazil impeachment drive accelerates, Lula fights back

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva gives a speech to supporters at a rally of Unionists and members of the Workers Party in Sao Paulo, Brazil on March 18, 2016Brasília (AFP) – Brazil’s struggling leftist government was battling on two fronts Monday as impeachment proceedings resume against President Dilma Rousseff and legal battles plague her predecessor, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. Rousseff’s presidency appears to be in peril as she fights impeachment, protests, recession and scandal, and her decision to call Lula to the rescue backfired last week when a judge blocked his nomination as chief of staff over pending corruption charges. A congressional impeachment committee was to hold its second session Monday to weigh allegations that Rousseff fudged the government’s accounts to boost public spending during her 2014 re-election campaign and downplay bad news on the Latin American giant’s sinking economy.

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