: Brazilian president's move to make ally chief of staff seen as bid to stave of corruption scandal
Politics10:00 Mar. 17, 2016
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Brazilian president's move to make ally chief of staff seen as bid to stave of corruption scandal

Thousands take to the streets in anger at leader Dilma Rousseff

Anger is mounting in Brazil. Protests broke out in several cities after President Dilma Rousseff named her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva chief of staff.

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The opposition is claiming the move is meant to shield Lula from prosecution. The 70-year-old was charged last week with money laundering and fraud as part of a corruption probe which has tainted Rousseff's inner circle.

With Brazil's economy mired in its worst recession in a generation, popular anger at Rousseff is mounting.

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This comes amid growing signs her main coalition partner is preparing to abandon the government.

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