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Brazil’s Lula Accepts Ministerial Role
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Brazil’s Lula Accepts Ministerial Role

Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has accepted a key ministerial role in President Dilma Rousseff’s government, media reports say.
Members of the governing Workers’ Party say his appointment will strengthen her beleaguered administration.
In becoming a minister, Lula will also have some legal protection, BBC reported.
Last week, prosecutors requested his arrest in a money laundering inquiry over a luxury seafront penthouse.
The popular former president has denied any wrongdoing and says the claims are politically motivated.
The reports, quoting unnamed sources, said Rousseff and Lula would meet in the capital, Brasilia, on Tuesday. There has been no official comment.
Lula handpicked Rousseff as a candidate to succeed him in 2010 and has not ruled out running again in 2018.
Rousseff has faced increasing calls for her removal as a result of a corruption scandal at the state oil company Petrobras and Brazil’s worst recession in decades.
On Sunday, hundreds of thousands of Brazilians took to the streets calling for her to go. But the president has repeatedly said she will not resign. She could, however, face an impeachment process in Congress, accused of masking the budget deficit, which she denies.
One of Lula’s main tasks, the reports said, would be to negotiate with the main coalition partner in order to prevent an impeachment going ahead. His appointment could also be seen as bringing some order to what many analysts consider a chaotic administration.
As a minister, Lula could only be tried in the Supreme Court, placing him out of the reach of the judge in the southern city of Curitiba responsible for the Petrobras investigation.
As part of the operation, known as Carwash, Lula was briefly detained earlier this month, after investigators said they had evidence he received illicit benefits from the kickback scheme.
Dozens of executives and politicians have been arrested or are under investigation on suspicion of overcharging contracts with Petrobras and using part of the money to pay for bribes and electoral campaigns.

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