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Scandal taints Brazil's working-class hero Lula

Supporters of the Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (PMDB) pose for a snapshot with an inflatable doll depicting former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as a convict during the PMDB national convention in BrasiliaAn ex-metalworker who became one of Brazil’s most popular presidents, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva now sees his legacy under threat after he was implicated in a corruption probe. Lula, as he is known to all in Brazil, left office in 2011 as a blue-collar hero who presided over a watershed boom and helped lift tens of millions of people from poverty. Known for his charisma and common touch, Lula’s popularity in Brazil and the success of the economy during a period of high commodities prices helped him ride out numerous corruption scandals.

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