Brazil: Judge suspends swearing-in of former president Lula to Cabinet post

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(From CNN)

A Brazilian federal judge has moved to block the controversial swearing-in of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as chief of staff to President Dilma Rousseff, in the latest twist in the country’s deepening political crisis.

“Lula,” as the two-time former president is known, was sworn into the Cabinet post earlier Thursday amid heated protests by opponents, who say the move is an attempt to shield him from a corruption investigation.

Under Brazilian law, senior political figures can only be tried in the Supreme Federal Tribunal, meaning if Lula is chief of staff, any eventual prosecution would effectively be delayed.

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