Tough choices as Brazil’s Lula gets down to business

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Fresh off a celebratory beach holiday, Brazilian president-elect Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva got down to uglier business Monday: figuring out how to govern with a hostile Congress, nasty budget crunch, and impossible-looking to-do list.

The political horse-trading of the transition period now starts in earnest for the veteran leftist, who will be sworn in for a third term on January 1, facing a far tougher outlook than the commodities-fueled boom he presided over in the 2000s.








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