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Political ping pong in Brazil: Rousseff to appeal injunction against Lula

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By Euronews  with REUTERS
Political ping pong in Brazil: Rousseff to appeal injunction against Lula

<p>As pro- and anti-government protests rage on the streets of Brazil, the game of political ping pong has been stepped up a notch.</p> <p>The administration has vowed to appeal against an injunction by a federal judge suspending the appointment of President Dilma Rousseff’s predecessor Lula da Silva as her chief of staff.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Brazil's Lula is sworn in as protests continue and judge tries to block appointment: <a href="https://t.co/IcabgXhkQL">https://t.co/IcabgXhkQL</a> <a href="https://t.co/Df5j5iYwSW">pic.twitter.com/Df5j5iYwSW</a></p>— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) <a href="https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/710533420397543425">March 17, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p> <p>The judge, who is openly anti-Rousseff, claims Lula’s taking office could derail an <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2015/11/26/brazil-s-petrobras-scandal-claims-two-more-scalps-a-billionaire-and-a-politician/">ongoing judicial investigation</a>.</p> <p>The president has maintained her loyalty to her mentor Lula, despite his being <a href="http://www.euronews.com/2016/03/04/brazilian-police-bring-in-fromer-president-lula-da-silva-for-questioning-as/">charged with money laundering and fraud</a> a week earlier.</p> <p>“Today, Brazil is facing economic and political hardship,” said Rousseff. “At this moment I cannot and I will not do without anyone. On this occasion we must stay together for Brazil, myself, Lula, our political base, our social base and even the opposition, which also wants the best for this country.”</p> <p>As a member of government, he would be immune from prosecution by all but the Supreme Court.</p> <p>Anti-government anger has been fuelled by the release of a taped conversation in which Rousseff is alleged to have offered Lula the post to protect him from prosecution.</p> <p><blockquote class="twitter-tweet tw-align-center" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The political situation in Brazil has spiraled completely out of control - doubt anyone knows the ending <a href="https://t.co/kL2Ogo4ChN">https://t.co/kL2Ogo4ChN</a></p>— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) <a href="https://twitter.com/ggreenwald/status/710270644743770113">March 17, 2016</a></blockquote> <script async src="//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script></p>