Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

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Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Portuguese pronunciation: [luˈiz iˈnasju ˈlulɐ da ˈsiwvɐ] About this sound audio ; born 6 October 1945, but registered with a date of birth of 27 October 1945), known popularly as Lula,[2] is the 35th and current President of Brazil.

A founding member of the Workers' Party (PT – Partido dos Trabalhadores), he ran for President three times unsuccessfully, first in the 1989 election. Lula achieved victory in the 2002 election, and was inaugurated as President on 1 January 2003. In the 2006 election he was re-elected for a second term as President ending on 1 January 2011.[3]

His administration is among the most popular in the history of Brazil. Social programs like Bolsa Família and Fome Zero are hallmarks of his time in office. Lula has played a prominent role in recent international relations developments, including the Nuclear program of Iran and global warming, and has been described as "a man with audacious ambitions to alter the balance of power among nations."[4] He is featured in Time's The 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2010.[5]


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