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After Lula's Corruption Conviction

Where Brazil Goes From Here

The anticorruption juggernaut that has convulsed Brazil’s graft-ridden political system since 2014 rolled on to new heights this week. Federal judge Sergio Moro sentenced former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (known as Lula) to nearly 10 years’ imprisonment for illicit enrichment. At the same time, charges of corruption leveled by General Prosecutor Rodrigo Janot could topple the current president, Michel Temer, whose party engineered the impeachment of then President Dilma Rousseff last year, unleashing the current political crisis. This is a dramatic moment for democratic rule in Brazil, which boasts a population of 205 million and the world’s eighth-largest economy. …

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