Lula da Silva — Brazilian President

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Fast Facts

Overview

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is an elected and former president and supreme director of the Brazilian Workers’ Party (PT) from 1985 until 2002. Lula da Silva is the only elected former president in history and the only non-military leader in Latin American politics who is still active in public life.

Lula da Silva became the leader of the Brazilian Socialist Party in 1969. He became its leader in 1978, and served as party president from 1982 to 1985 and from 1989 to 1994. He served as president of the PT from 1986 to 2002, and served as its supreme director from 1985 until 2002. He was also a candidate for the presidency of Brazil in 2000 and the vice-presidential position in 2002.

Lula da Silva has been called the “people’s president” of Brazil and one of the “three most powerful people in the world who would like to be president of Brazil.”

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is the first former president to be elected to public office for a second and/or third term.

Lula da Silva was the first elected president to run for second term against the sitting presidents and the first president to run for a third term against the sitting president.

Lula da Silva is the first elected president to be involved in a major corruption scandal. Although Lula da Silva has criticized other Brazilian politicians for corruption and mismanagement in the past, he was never implicated.

Lula da Silva is the first elected former president to hold public office.

Biography

Early Life

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was born on March 7, 1952 in Cariri, Brazil, to João Caetano and Jacynth Silva. He is the eldest of the three children. He is the youngest of 10 siblings. He attended a private school, while his siblings attended public schools. His father, João Caetano, was a member of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), a socialist party.

Lula da Silva was a good student and started to attend college in 1977. He

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