Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva
It took nearly twenty years of trying before Luiz
Inácio Lula da Silva - or Lula as he is generally known
- won election as president. He swept to victory on his fourth
attempt last year, winning 61% of the votes. Lula, now aged 57,
won because he largely abandoned his leftist rhetoric and
convinced voters that he had mellowed with age and could be
trusted to follow a moderate policy path. Lula knew hardship
from an early age. He was the seventh of eight children born to
a family from the drought-stricken interior of Northeastern
Brazil. They migrated to São Paulo, the country's
industrial capital, in the 1950s. Lula began working at age 12
in a dry cleaning store, then as an office boy and shoe shiner.
In the 1960s, he found work in factories in the city's
industrial belt and...
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