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Jail term to third term: Lula's ups and downs in Brazil defy belief

On Sunday - in yet another twist - Brazilian voters chose him by the narrowest of margins to once again lead the world's fourth-largest democracy

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Four years ago, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva's reputation and political future were in tatters. After an unlikely rise from poverty to union leader to Brazil's presidency, the man universally known as Lula had landed in prison.

On Sunday — in yet another twist — Brazilian voters chose him by the narrowest of margins to once again lead the world's fourth-largest democracy. He will also be putting his legacy on the line.

“They tried to bury me alive, and I am here,” da Silva said in a speech on Sunday night after results that confirmed his third presidential win.

“I am here to

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First Published: Oct 31 2022 | 11:34 PM IST

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