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How is the head of Opec connected to the man who knocked the head off a mummy? And where does Brazil’s most famous footballer fit in?

December 23, 2009 4:25 by

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

“It is important that someone sits down with Iran, talks with Iran and tries to establish a balance so we can get back to a kind of normality in the Middle East,” President Lula said before Ahmadinejad arrived in Brazil. Lula also told Ahmadinejad that Brazil supports Iran’s nuclear program “for peaceful means.”

The 35th and current president of Brazil, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva first took office on January 1, 2003, and was re-elected to a five-year term in 2006.

The seventh of the eight children, Lula started his first job at a local cleaner when he was 12. He also worked as a shoeshine and an office boy before joining the local factories, where he began to take charge of the workers unions.

In 1980, Lula da Silva founded the Workers Party along with other union members, and after losing presidential elections in 1989, 1994 and 1998, he finally won the election in 2002.

A keen follower of football, he recently said that his country’s team will surely win the World Cup crown next summer thanks to the talent of footballer…


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  1. Kipp on March 9, 2010 10:20 am



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