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Brazil's ex-president Lula sworn in as Rousseff's chief of staff

Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (left) hugs his successor Dilma Rousseff as he is appointed as her chief of staff in Brasilia, on March 17, 2016Brasília (AFP) – Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sworn in Thursday as chief of staff to his embattled successor Dilma Rousseff amid angry protests from opponents who accuse him of trying to dodge corruption charges. “The putschists’ shouting won’t make me veer from my path or bring us to our knees,” said Rousseff as she sealed her risky bet to team up again with her old mentor. Lula, the once wildly popular president who led Brazil from 2003 to 2011, is facing corruption charges and a request for his arrest in connection with an explosive scandal centered on state oil company Petrobras.

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