FILE – In this Sept. 30, 2016 file photo, Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is surrounded by supporters as he campaigns for Sao Paulo’s Mayor Fernando Haddad, who’s running for re-election with the Workers Party, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The political return of Silva seems as inevitable to Brazilians as it is strange to outsiders. His time in office, from 2003 to 2010, coincided with Brazil’s unprecedented boom, and he is revered by many for using those gains to pull millions out of poverty. Known to Brazilians simply as Lula, he is topping polls for the 2018 presidential race. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
SAO PAULO (AP) — He is facing several corruption charges, Brazil’s largest-ever graft probe has decimated the political party he founded and his hand-picked successor was impeached and ousted from office.
Yet former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, known to Brazilians simply as…
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