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Despite charges, Brazil’s Lula eyes another run

(AP Photo/Andre Penner, File). FILE - In this March 18, 2016 file photo, a demonstrator holds a banner supporting another presidential run for former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, during a rally in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Despite facing sev...
(AP Photo/Andre Penner, File). FILE – In this March 18, 2016 file photo, a demonstrator holds a banner supporting another presidential run for former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, during a rally in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Despite facing sev…
(AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File). FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2016 file photo, Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends the impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff, in Brasilia, Brazil. Silva is facing several corruption cha...
(AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, File). FILE – In this Aug. 29, 2016 file photo, Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva attends the impeachment trial of suspended President Dilma Rousseff, in Brasilia, Brazil. Silva is facing several corruption cha…
(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File). FILE - In this Sept. 22, 2016 file photo, a demonstrator holds a sign with a message that reads in Portuguese:
(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo, File). FILE – In this Sept. 22, 2016 file photo, a demonstrator holds a sign with a message that reads in Portuguese: “No to imprisoning Lula, down with the coup”, during a protest against Brazil’s President Michel Temer, in…
(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo). FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2011 file photo, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff, raises arms with her Vice President Michel Temer, left, and Brazil's outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, at the end of her swearing-in cer...
(AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo). FILE – In this Jan. 1, 2011 file photo, Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff, raises arms with her Vice President Michel Temer, left, and Brazil’s outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, at the end of her swearing-in cer…
(AP Photo/Andre Penner, File). FILE - In this March 13, 2016 file photo, demonstrators parade large inflatable dolls depicting Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in prison garb and President Dilma Rousseff dressed as a thief, with a pr...
(AP Photo/Andre Penner, File). FILE – In this March 13, 2016 file photo, demonstrators parade large inflatable dolls depicting Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in prison garb and President Dilma Rousseff dressed as a thief, with a pr…

Associated Press

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 Lula, is topping polls for next year’s presidential race and traveling the country to make the case that he can bring the boom times back to Latin America’s largest nation.

“Lula has the ‘I can make Brazil great again'” angle, said Monica de Bolle, a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, based in Washington.

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