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FT’s Editorial on Lula: “His attempt to compare himself with Mandela is off the mark”

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A Financial Times Friday’s (Jan.26) editorial focus on Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (Lula, as he is widely known), a former union leader who presided Brazil over an economic boom that temporarily lifted millions out of poverty. But his government was also the most corrupt government in the country’s history.

On Wednesday, Lula lost an appeal to overturn a corruption conviction. He will appeal again, but his chances to run in October’s presidential election are severely handicaped. Supporters cried foul, claiming the ruling was part of an elite conspiracy.

According to the FT’s editorial,” it is remarkable that a court may have decided the course of Brazil’s presidential election, rather than voters”, “but the notion that Mr da Silva is the victim of a conspiracy is off the mark — as is his attempt to compare himself with Nelson Mandela”.

In FT’s opinion, “Brazil’s sweeping anti-corruption probe, called Lava Jato, has seen an admirably independent judiciary charge and convict senior politicians of all ideological stripes.”

Read full FT’s editorial