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Brazilians watch helplessly as impeachment crisis nears climax

Brazilians watch helplessly as impeachment crisis nears climax

Not long after former metalworker and union leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was elected Brazil's first progressive leader since the end of its dictatorship, he turned heads around the world by overseeing an economic boom that lifted tens of millions of Brazilians out of poverty.

He served two terms, from 2003 to 2011, and his popularity was enormous here and in the international community, which awarded the country with the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Rio Olympics.

But now the world's fifth most populous nation is embroiled in its worst recession in decades, a multibillion-dollar corruption scandal and a dizzying political crisis.

On Sunday, the crisis could reach its...

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