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Lula: Brazil's embattled working-class hero

Brazilian former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva defended himself against corruption charges saying the case against him was an attempt to destroy him politically ahead of the 2018 electionsA former shoeshine boy and steelworker who became one of Brazil’s most popular presidents, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is now facing a downfall that is just as spectacular. Prosecutors have accused the charismatic leftist of masterminding a massive corruption scheme at state oil company Petrobras — charges he dismissed Thursday as a “soap-opera intrigue” aimed at sidelining him from presidential elections in 2018. Lula, as he is known to all Brazil, left office in 2011 as a blue-collar hero who presided over a watershed economic boom and helped lift tens of millions of people from poverty.

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