The Workers' Party and Political Crisis in Brazil: Lula at a Crossroads?
Against The Current vol. 123

Baiocchi, Gianpaolo
http://www.solidarity-us.org//node/105

Publisher:  Against The Current
Date Written:  01/07/2006
Year Published:  2006  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX13260

In June 2005, the first allegations of a rogue politician in a rightwing party in coalition with Brazil's governing Workers' Party (PT) seemed spurious enough. The politician himself, Roberto Jefferson, had a long history of allegations of corruption, and of narrowly escaping indictment in Brazil's last corruption crisis in 1993. According to celebrity magazines, he had had a makeover, including plastic surgery, before coming forward with the allegations of a "payment for votes" scheme in congress in which the ruling PT doled out a monthly allowance for sympathetic politicians in congress.

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