Lula’s legacy threatened as Brazil crisis simmers

PAULO PRADA AND ASHER LEVINE, REUTERS, 8/21/2015

An ongoing political and economic crisis once more threatens to fell the tallest tree in Brazil’s political landscape: former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva gives a speech during the second day of the 74th Annual Convention of Bankers in Acapulco, Mexico, on April 8, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Pedro Pardo (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva gives a speech during the second day of the 74th Annual Convention of Bankers in Acapulco, Mexico, on April 8, 2010. AFP PHOTO/Pedro Pardo (Photo credit should read Pedro PARDO/AFP/Getty Images)

His once-sterling legacy, previously tarnished by a Congressional vote-buying scandal, is being sullied further by economic and political turmoil that has driven approval ratings for his hand-picked successor into single digits.

And a far-reaching corruption probe around state-run oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA, or Petrobras, has implicated key aides and associates, once more staining his scandal-plagued Workers’ Party, now in its 13th year in power.

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