Brazil's Lula takes Cabinet post in bid to save Rousseff

March 16, 2016 10:13 PM

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BRASILIA/SAO PAULO President Dilma Rousseff, threatened with impeachment and a massive corruption probe, named her charismatic predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as chief of staff on Wednesday, a move that offers him some protection from prosecutors who charged him with money laundering.

Opponents warned that Lula, who has called for more public spending to end Brazil's worst recession in decades, may push Rousseff to abandon the government's austerity measures. They called the move a desperate attempt to avoid impeachment and spare Lula from arrest.

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