Graft, economy crank up pressure on Brazil ruling party


BRASILIA, Brazil: AFP Twelve years after surging to power in Brazil, the Workers’ Party (PT) is at a crossroads, struggling to deal with a tanking economy and a ballooning graft scandal that has implicated members and close allies. Party co-founder Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a former union leader, scored a historic poll win in October 2002, when he first led the PT to power, and maintained euphoric support levels throughout his eight-year tenure as the Brazilian economy boomed. But his handpicked successor, Dilma Rousseff, has found the going much tougher.



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