Who Is Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva?
A founding member of Brazil's Workers' Party, Lula, as Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is known, first ran for governor of the state of São Paulo in 1982, losing. As a member of the Chamber of Deputies and after two failed bids for the presidency, in 2002, Lula decisively defeated José Serra for the presidency. His eight-year tenure was marked by advancements on the economic front but marred by scandals as well. In July 2017, Silva was convicted of corruption and money laundering. The following April, Brazil's top court determined the still-popular former president was to remain in jail while his appeal was being heard.
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