Will Brazil’s Lula run again in 2014?

Andrew Downie – The Christian Science Monitor, 10/22/2010

Brazil's President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva greets supporters after testing a newly installed cable car system at the Complexo do Alemao slum in Rio de Janeiro. Felipe Dana/AP

They say that one mark of great politicians is their ability to look you in the eye and make you believe every word they say. Even when you know they might not believe it themselves.

Outgoing Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has that quality.

The problem with Lula – as he is widely known – is that he tells one audience one thing and then contradicts himself the very next day in front of a completely different crowd.

The latest example came this week when Lula, who stands down on Jan. 1 after a phenomenally successful eight years in power, told a Brazilian TV station he might consider running again in 2014.

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Lula da Silva and Vazquez candidates for Unasur secretary general chair

MercoPress, 11/17/2010

Brazil’s Lula da Silva and former Uruguayan president Tabare Vazquez are the most probable candidates for the Union of South American Nations, Unasur, secretary general chair, according to Ecuadorean president Rafael Correa. Ecuador currently holds the rotating presidency of Unasur.

The job is vacant since the death of former Argentine president Nestor Kirchner, Unasur’s first secretary general. President Lula da Silva steps down after eight years in office next January first.

According to the official Ecuadorean news agency Andes, the issue was discussed by Correa with Uruguay’s president Jose Mujica currently on an official visit to Ecuador.

“We will have to continue with the consultation round; there’s no consensus yet, we’re involved in a flush of ideas, that’s what we’ve been talking with (Uruguayan president) Pepe Mujica”, said Correa.

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