Brazilian prosecutors have requested the arrest of ex-President Lula (PT - Worker's Party) in a money laundering inquiry.
Accepting a cabinet position would give Mr. Lula immunity from Federal judge Sergio Moro, who oversees a sweeping investigation into kickbacks at state-run oil Petrobras and approved the detention of dozens of senior executives as well as some politicians. Close friends of Lula said he was almost convinced he should take the position to “use his power to avoid the looming impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, and not to avoid prison”.
Lula is considered, to many Brazilians, as a traitor who used his position as President to pretend he was helping the poor while he and his family was getting richer using public money.
|On 13 March 2016, millions of Brazilians went to the streets to call for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff|