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Lula’s speeches on corruption are shaped by political time – 03.09.2022 – Poder



Lula's speeches on corruption are shaped by political time - 03.09.2022 - Poder

The speeches and excuses of former President Lula (PT) about the two major scandals of the PT governments, the monthly allowance and gasoline, have been adjusted over the years and have a different tone depending on the political moment experienced.

There was a hesitation on the part of PT between a more explicit denial that there were deviations in their governments and a moderate tone of acknowledgment of the problems, always except that he was unaware of the illegal activities that were taking place.

In the case of the monthly allowance, there was even a public apology at the height of the crisis, in August 2005.

On the 25th, in an interview with the Jornal Nacional marked by nods to the electorate from the center, the former president was asked about these two topics. With regard to the most recent, he said that the presence of corruption cannot be denied if those involved in the scheme confessed.

With regard to the case of the 2000s, he evaded and objected by comparing the amounts associated with the budget rapporteur’s amendments paid by the government of Jair Bolsonaro (PL).

These are new approaches to the two glasses that have influenced PT candidates in several presidential elections.

The monthly allowance was an illegal political finance scheme to bribe parliamentarians and secure support for the PT during the first presidential term (2003-2006). Roberto Jefferson (PTB-RJ), then-Federal Deputy, spoke about this in 2005 in an interview Sheet.

At the time, Lula first hinted in an interview in Paris that the electoral fraud fund was being distributed among the parties in the country. “What PT has done from a selective point of view is being systematically done in Brazil.”

A few weeks later, under pressure, he, along with the ministers, issued a statement in which he stated that he was outraged by “revelations that shock the country.” The announcement came after his then-marketer, Duda Mendonsa, told CPI that he had received payment from PT through an overseas bribery fund.

“I feel betrayed. I was betrayed by an unacceptable practice that I never knew about, ”Lula said at the time.

Because the case threatened his re-election, he gave a speech about how PT was wrong, but did not name a specific culprit.

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The tone has changed over the years. In 2010, while still president, he described the political crisis he had experienced as a “coup attempt.”

The Supreme Court ended the monthly allowance trial in 2013, awarding 25 people, including former minister José Dirceu, coordinator of the successful 2002 campaign Waldemar Costa Neto (Poland).

After leaving office when supporters’ convictions were confirmed in the STF, Lula went on to say that he was tried at the polls after Dilma Rousseff’s victory in the 2010 elections.

In 2018, in an interview published in the book A Verdade Vencerá, he went even further: “Actually, I never believed in the story of the monthly allowance. It was a great discovery of the 21st century: how the media can be used to criminalize people before justice. The media made the decision, instead of waiting for justice to introduce criminal liability, to turn some of the leaders of the PT into bandits.”

In the case of the Lava Jato finds, Lula and his supporters were more inspired to challenge the operation in 2021 when the Federal Supreme Court (STF) overturned the convictions and said former judge Sergio Moro acted in part against the former president.

Apart from the allegations leveled against him that the contractors repaired the farm and the triplex, the thesis of the authorities of Operation Love Jato, repeated so far in court documents, including in the Supreme Court, is that there was a cartel of construction companies in Petrobras in which there was payment of bribes, part of which went to parties with whom the then directors of the state-owned company were connected – PT, PP and MDB.

At the end of 2021, the company said that the total amount recovered as a result of cooperation agreements, indulgence and repatriation from Lava Jato was BRL 6.17 billion.

In testimony given during the operation, Lula stated that the President of the Republic had no direct contact with the second-level leaders. As for the directors’ appointments, he said the names were determined in political agreements that dealt with parliamentary benches, ministers and internal organ reviews.

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He stated that if he had known about the bribe, the Petrobras and PT agents would have been arrested much earlier. He stressed that neither the police, nor the public ministry, nor the press had previously reported on the alleged violations in the company and that they had no opportunity to find out about it.

“No president of the republic interferes with the specific work of Petrobras,” he said in a 2018 deposition while in prison.

Lula was jailed for 580 days between 2018 and 2019 as a result of a conviction by former Judge Moro in the triplex case. He was released when the Supreme Court began to prohibit the arrest of defendants convicted in the second instance, and was able to wait for the hearing of appeals at large.

In March 2021, his sentences were overturned. Prior to this, the disclosure of dialogues between the leaders of the operation in the Telegram application, on The Intercept Brasil website and other means such as Sheet, enhanced Lula and PT’s speech against Lava Jato. The conversations showed, between points, cooperation between the then Judge Moreau and the prosecutors responsible for the charges.

Lula and his lawyers began to frequently question the relationship between the Lava Jato investigators and the US Department of Justice.

“Every day there is more and more evidence of American interference from Brazilian oil interests,” reads a video posted in 2020 by the former president on social media.

During a trip to Mexico this year and on other occasions, Lula said that the discovery of the pre-salt layer in his government was the reason for the impeachment of Dilma in 2016 and the impeachment of her presidential candidacy in 2018.

In 2021, PT released a book called “Memorial da Verdade” about Lava Jato, consisting of a kind of militant campaign manual.

The material stated that there was neither systemic corruption in Petrobras, nor overpricing in contracts, contrary to what the Accounts Chamber of the Union and the state-owned company itself allege.

At a press conference in Brasilia, PT president Glacey Hoffmann stated that “there were no deviations from Petrobras”.

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Regarding former directors who blocked accounts abroad to receive bribes, he said: “Whoever has committed illegal acts and incriminated himself should respond to their processes.”

“It is very ridiculous to say that in our time, Petrobras was a den of corruption. But in our time, gasoline was cheap, ”the federal deputy said then.

It also differed from the tone adopted by then-PT 2018 presidential candidate Fernando Haddad, who ran after Lula’s deregistration in the electoral system.

Due to the pressure on PT in the pre-election polls, Haddad even rehearsed a speech in which he acknowledged the problems.

He said that Petrobras lacked control and that Moreau had done a “good job” although he was wrong to condemn Lula.

Lula’s allies say that today, after victories in justice, he feels more comfortable talking about the case.

During the trial, the PT member withdrew under the guidance of his lawyers. They argue that any acknowledgment of deviations at Petrobras could be misinterpreted as an acknowledgment, which is contrary to the defense strategy.

Regarding the interview with Jornal Nacional, they state that the fact that host William Bonner said that Lula owed nothing to justice contributed to the dialogue.

However, the former president’s staff is trying to minimize the idea that Lula changed his speech for the convenience of the campaign, arguing that recognition of the deviations from the directors of Petrobras was already included in the book “Memorial da Verdade”.

Lula’s election leadership does not intend to introduce corruption into the election program. As a kind of vaccine, this topic will be covered in inserts that will be broadcast on radio and television. “The truth came out: Lula won all the cases and was recognized all over the world, even at the UN,” the article says.

PT also decided to air interstitial images of reports on the Bolsonaro family’s ancestral evolution, especially UOL’s history of buying real estate with cash.

collaborated Katya Sibra, from Sao Paulo

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The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario



The dollar continues to reflect the political scenario

Yesterday, financial agents evaluated the opposite decision of the Federal Supreme Court (STF) regarding the so-called secret budget. In addition, a decision was made by STF Minister Gilmar Méndez to issue an injunction that would exclude the Bolsa Família from the spending cap rule, with investors trying to understand how this measure would affect the processing of the transitional PEC in the Chamber of Deputies. Oh this PEC!!!!

Since he is an exchange investor, any reading that the budget will be exceeded or become more flexible will negatively affect the exchange market, whether through the PEC or in any other way. We will continue with volatility today.

Looking beyond, the US Central Bank (Fed), although slowing down the pace of monetary tightening at its December meeting, issued a tougher-than-expected statement warning that its fight against inflation was not yet over, raising fears that rising US interest rates will push the world’s largest economy into recession.

The currency market continues to react to political news. The voting on the PEC is saved for today. It is expected that it will indeed be reviewed to open the way tomorrow for discussions on the 2023 budget.

Yesterday, the spot price closed the selling day at R$5.3103.

For today on the calendar we will have an index of consumer confidence in the eurozone. Good luck and good luck in business!!

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Andrés Sánchez consults with the Ministry of Sports, but refuses a political post.



The former president of the Corinthians dreams of working for the CBF as a national team coordinator. He was consulted shortly after Lula’s election.

Former Corinthians president Andrés Sánchez was advised to take a position in the Ministry of Sports under the administration of Lula (PT). However, he ruled out a return to politics. dreams of taking over the coordination of CBF selectionHow do you know PURPOSE.

No formal invitation was made to the former Corinthian representative, only a consultation on a portfolio opportunity with the new federal government, which will be sworn in on January 1, 2023.

Andrés was the Federal MP for São Paulo from 2015 to 2019. At that time he was elected by the Workers’ Party. However, the football manager begs to stay in the sport, ruling out the possibility of getting involved in politics again.

Andrés Sanchez’s desire is to fill the position of CBF tackle coordinator, which should become vacant after the 2022 World Cup. Juninho Paulista fulfills this function in Brazil’s top football institution.

The former president of Corinthians was in Qatar to follow the World Cup along with other figures in Brazilian football. During his time in the country, he strengthened his ties with the top leadership of the CBF.

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The EU has reached a political agreement on limiting gas prices – 19.12.2022



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BRUSSELS, DECEMBER 19 (ANSA). European Union countries reached a political agreement on Monday (19) to impose a natural gas price ceiling of 180 euros per megawatt hour (MWh). The main sources of income for Russia and the minimization of the use of energy as a weapon by the regime of Vladimir Putin.

The agreement was approved by a supermajority at a ministerial meeting of member states in Brussels, Belgium, after months of discussions about the best way to contain the rise in natural gas prices in the bloc caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. .

The value set by the countries is well below the proposal made by the European Commission, the EU’s executive body, in November: 275 EUR/MWh. However, the countries leading the cap campaign were in favor of an even lower limit, around 100 EUR/MWh.

Germany, always wary of price controls, voted in favor of 180 euros, while Austria and the Netherlands, also skeptical of the cap, abstained. Hungary, the most pro-Russian country in the EU, voted against.

The instrument will enter into force on 15 February, but only if natural gas prices on the Amsterdam Stock Exchange exceed 180 euros/MWh for three consecutive days. In addition, the difference compared to a number of global benchmarks should be more than 35 euros.

Italy, the EU’s biggest supporter of the ceiling, has claimed responsibility for the measure. “This is a victory for Italy, which believed and worked for us to reach this agreement,” Environment and Energy Minister Gilberto Picetto tweeted.

“This is a victory for Italian and European citizens who demand energy security,” he added.

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Currently, the gas price in Amsterdam is around 110 EUR/MWh, which is already a reflection of the agreement in Brussels – in August the figure even broke the barrier of 340 EUR/MWh.

However, Russia has already threatened to stop exports to countries that adhere to the ceiling. (ANSA).

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