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How Brazil’s ruling Workers’ Party lost the workers
One of the ironies of the Workers’ Party’s fall from grace is that its leaders had once vowed to wrest power from a corrupt establishment but ended up producing scandals of their own. It is a story of idealism that wilted as it came into contact with power. To get their projects through a fractious Congress long motivated by patronage and finance political campaigns for their wobbly coalition, some of Lula’s and Rousseff’s closest allies resorted to bribery to grease the gears.
And then they ran out of other people’s money.