|Published : 20 Apr 2017, 19:25:30|
Charismatic Lula hints at contesting next year’s election in Brazil
The possible return of the populist Mr Lula da Silva as a contestant in next year’s election in Brazil is a new headache for its incumbent president Mr Temer, according to a global media report.
Mr. Temer is already struggling to pass crucial pension reform and reeling from a widening corruption investigation, the report added.
Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has fired in a slick video the opening salvo of what may, according to many, become one of the country`s most remarkable political comeback attempts.
Meanwhile, the pension reform is considered critical to the political survival of Mr Temer’s ruling coalition and to the recovery of Latin America’s biggest economy from its worst recession on record, the report added.
Furthermore, the probe into irregularities at state-owned oil company Petrobras deepened this month with the authorisation by the supreme court of 74 investigations into politicians, including eight ministers, and the release of hundreds of hours of video testimony.
Lula da Silva is the charismatic leader of the leftist Workers` Party, or PT, the report said adding that he touts his eight years in power between 2003 and 2010, claiming that Brazil`s economy was then among the world`s fastest growing.
He is highly critical of the current conservative government of President Michel Temer, according to the report.
Mr. Temer was, the report noted, brought to power last year by the impeachment of Mr Lula da Silva’s hand-picked successor, Dilma Rousseff.