Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brazil Needs to Move Past Lula

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Brazil Needs to Move Past Lula

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From an editorial by Bloomberg View

Last week's court ruling upholding the conviction of former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for graft and money laundering may be another milestone in the country's fight against corruption. Unfortunately, it won't do much to lift the pall over Brazil's politics and economy.

For a start, it isn't the last word: Lula can appeal again, and he faces charges in other cases even if a further appeal succeeds. Meanwhile Brazil has elections due in October, and Lula is leading the polls. Amid uncertainty over his fate, voters are bitterly divided. All that unites them is economic disappointment and disenchantment with democracy.

President Michel Temer took office under clouded circumstances, replacing the ousted Dilma Rousseff, then dodged prosecution on corruption charges. …

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