The Real Center of Power

The Real Center of Power

Brazil

The white marble and glass Planalto palace in Brasília is Brazil's political nerve center. President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and his closest advisers all have their offices in the palace, and Lula has expanded the already enormous power of the presidency through his political adroitness, his position as head of a cohesive political party and because his aides are themselves politically skilled. Many of his predecessors struggled to wield power effectively because they lacked the kind of support Lula commands. The results of his fearsomely efficient political machine has been able to create alliances, negotiate legislation with Congress, as well as build bridges to

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