Radius: Brazil's Ruling Party Wonders How It Lost Its Populist Touch

The chant went up from the Workers’ Party faithful: “Lula, warrior of the Brazilian people!” Brazil’s popular former president, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, was getting up on the stage here to cap the celebration of his party’s 35 years of existence. Flanked by his successor, Dilma Rousseff, and Uruguay’s outgoing president, José Mujica, Lula should have been reveling in the party’s electoral success as it begins an unprecedented fourth consecutive term in government.

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