Lula Is Back. But Which Lula?

By Thomas Traumann

Brazil’s former president is running again in 2022. Will he do so as a pragmatic, or more radical figure?

RIO DE JANEIRO – In 2007, Brazil’s then-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva was asked why he was endorsing a tax bill that he had fought against for years while in opposition. “I’m not ashamed to change my mind. I prefer to be a walking metamorphosis and change whenever the facts change,” he said, quoting the chorus of “Metamorfose Ambulante,” a 1970s Brazilian pop song. Out of office since the end of his second term in 2010, next year Lula will seek a third term — and again, he will do it as a walking metamorphosis. Brazilian politics has been upside down since March 8,...

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