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Brazil: judge halts Lula's appointment to cabinet amid corruption scandal

Judge prevents former president from taking office amid fears his appointment could compromise police inquiry

Brazil’s wildly chaotic and increasingly tense political crisis has taken another twist after a judge suspended former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s appointment to cabinet moments after he was sworn in.

The decision on Wednesday by president Dilma Rousseff to appoint Lula as her new chief of staff prompted anti-government demonstrations across Brazil, as a secretly recorded phone call between the two suggested his appointment to a ministerial position was motivated by a desire to avoid prosecution in Brazil’s worst corruption scandal.

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