Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (pronounced [luˈiz iˈnäsjʊ ˈlulɐ dä ˈsiʊ̯vɐ]; born 27 October 1945), known simply as Lula, is the thirty-fifth and current President of Brazil and a founding member of the Workers' Party. He was elected on 27 October 2002, and took office on 1 January 2003. On 29 October 2006, he was re-elected, extending his term as President until 1 January 2011.
Luiz Inácio da Silva was born on 27 October 1945 in Caetés (then a district of Garanhuns), Pernambuco. He is the seventh of eight children of Aristides Inácio da Silva and Eurídice Ferreira de Melo. Two weeks after Lula's birth, his father moved to Santos with Valdomira Ferreira de Góis, a cousin of Eurídice.
On December 1952, when Lula was only seven years old, his mother decided to migrate to São Paulo with her children to rejoin her husband. After a journey of thirteen days in a pau-de-arara (the open cargo area of a truck), they arrived in Guarujá and discovered that Aristides had formed a second family with Valdomira. Aristides' two families lived in the same house for sometime, but they didn't get along very well, and four years later, Eurídice moved with her children to a small room in the back area of a
SAO PAULO (AP) — The only black to ever serve on Brazil's top court presided at his last session as president of the Supreme Court on Tuesday.
Joaquim Barbosa, 59, announced his early retirement a month ago.
Barbosa presided over ...