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Former President Lula Convicted of Fraud in Brazil

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s most popular and significant president in living memory, was convicted of graft and money-laundering in mid July 2017. He was sentenced to nine-and-a-half years in prison. Lula, as he is known, denied the charges and promised to appeal, while also going ahead with preparations for another campaign for the presidency in 2018. Though the conviction came as no surprise, it still shook Brazil’s beleaguered political world like an “earthquake,” amid accusations that it was a politically motivated move to keep the leftist former president (and front-runner) out of the race. 

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