Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Fast Facts
Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (popularly known as Lula) is a Brazilian politician and current President of Brazil. He was born on May 19, 1954 in Santa Cruz de Mato Grosso, Brazil. He is a member of the Socialist Party, and has served as Brazilian minister of defense, deputy for Rio Grande do Sul, senator, and vice president. He was considered to be the first “giant of Brazilian politics” after coming from a poor family. He became a politician after being elected in 1969. His party, the MPN (National Democratic Convention for the Modern World), achieved great success in the 1970s in politics, and it was the only political organization that gained a percentage vote in the Senate and the Chamber of Deputies in the elections of 1976. He was forced to run for a democratic election in 1989, when the PT (Brazilian Workers’ Party) had a majority in both houses of Congress (Chamber of Deputies and Senate). Although the PT had won in Congress, Lula became one of the most desired candidates to run for the presidency in 1989. The PT had no chance of winning the elections, and Lula defeated them. With the PT, Lula became the first leader of an opposition party to be elected president. After serving as president for one term, he was elected to the Federal Senate in 1999. His party was again victorious in the elections in 2006, gaining almost 60% of the votes. In the 2007 presidential elections, Lula came in second place, with 25% of the votes. In the 2010 presidential elections, Lula placed second place again, with 16% of the votes. In the 2012 presidential elections, he came in second place again, with 16% of the votes. For the Bolivarian presidential election 2014, Lula placed third place again, with 17% of the votes. In the Bolivarian presidential election 2018, Lula placed third place again, with 16% of the votes. For the Bolivarian presidential election 2022, he placed fourth place again, with 20% of the votes.
Born to a poor family
Lula’s paternal grandmother, a peasant from Goiás, died when he was very young. His father José, a cottar from the state of Pará, moved to the city of Santa Cruz to work as a cobbler. He