Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Quick Facts


Here’s a look at the life of former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

Birthday date: [27thofOctober1945

Birth place: Garanhuns, Pernambuco, Brazil

Father: Aristedes Inacio da Silva, agricultural worker

Mother: Euridice Ferreira de Mello, seamstress

Weddings: Rosangela Silva (May 18, 2022-present); Marisa Leticia Lula da Silva (1974-2017, her death); Maria de Lourdes Lula da Silva (1969-1971, her death)

Kids: Marisa Leticia with Lula da Silva: Luis Claudio, Sandro, Fabio and Marcos (from her first marriage and adopted by Lula da Silva); With Miriam Cordeiro: Lurian

He has the nickname Lula, and in 1982 he formally added it to his name.

Lula da Silva’s father was against education and believed that supporting the family was more important, so Lula da Silva did not learn to read until he was 10 years old.

After finishing the fifth grade he left school completely to work full time.

He has nine fingers, having lost the little finger of his left hand in a work accident.

His first wife died of hepatitis in the eighth month of pregnancy along with the child.

Unhappy with the lack of political representation of the working class in Brazil, he decided to enter politics.

Lula da Silva is a founding member of the Partido dos Trabalhadores Workers’ Party.

He believes that global organizations such as the United Nations and the World Trade Organization favor rich nations and should be reformed to meet the needs of developing nations, where the majority of the world’s population lives.

He was a longtime friend of former Cuban leader Fidel Castro and visited him in September 2003. Castro supported all his presidential candidates.

1966 – He becomes a metal worker and is active in the metal workers union.

1975 – Elected president of the metal workers’ union.

March 10, 1980 – He helps found the Workers’ Party.

From April 19 to May 19, 1980 – One of the leaders of a metalworking union strike has been arrested after police confronted the workers. It is held for 31 days.

November 1982 – He has finished fourth in the race for the governors of the state of Sao Paulo.

1983 – He founded the Central Única dos Trabalhadores, a national trade union confederation.

1986 – Elected to the Brazilian congress.

1989, 1994 and 1998 – He is the Workers’ Party candidate for president; comes in second every time.

October 27, 2002 – He is elected president with 61.3% of the vote.

January 1, 2003 – He was inaugurated as president of Brazil.

October 29, 2006 – He won his second four-year term with 61% of the vote.

September 30, 2008 – He reacts to the decline in global and US markets: “We cannot become victims of the casino built by the American economy.”

October 2009 – It has helped Rio de Janeiro win the bid to host the 2016 Summer Olympics, the first Olympic Games held in South America.

January 1, 2010 – The cinematic dramatization of Lula da Silva’s life, “Lula, son of Brazil”, will be released in Brazil.

April 2010 – Named number one in Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world.

January 1, 2011 – He leaves office with 90% approval.

October 29, 2011 – He is diagnosed with throat cancer.

February 17, 2012 – It is reported that Lula da Silva’s cancer is in complete remission.

March 16, 2016 – He accepts the offer of his successor and protector Dilma Rousseff as chief of staff. The appointment gives him some form of legal immunity in a corruption investigation and stokes political tensions in the divided country. Lula da Silva was sworn in as chief of staff on March 17.

March 18, 2016 – A judge at Brazil’s Supreme Federal Court has filed an injunction blocking Lula da Silva from being Rousseff’s chief of staff.

September 14, 2016 – According to the state news agency Agencia Brasil, Brazilian prosecutors are bringing corruption charges against Lula da Silva and his wife Marisa Leticia Lula da Silva. The charges stem from the Operation Car Wash money laundering investigation. Lula da Silva sends a series of tweets after the accusations were reported, calling them “fiction”. In a statement, his lawyers say the case is politically motivated and accuse the prosecution of jumping to conclusions.

September 20, 2016 – A Brazilian judge has ruled that there is enough evidence to prosecute Lula da Silva, his wife and six others on corruption charges.

February 3, 2017 – Lula da Silva’s wife has died.

July 12, 2017 – He is accused of corruption and money laundering resulting from bribes and benefits received from the state oil company Petrobras. Brazilian federal judge Sergio Moro sentenced Lula da Silva to nine and a half years in prison. He remains free on appeal.

September 5, 2017 – The corruption allegations are against Lula da Silva, her successor Rousseff and six members of the Workers’ Party. They are accused of running a criminal organization to divert funds from the state oil company Petrobras. The charges are linked to Operation Car Wash. Lula da Silva, Rousseff and the Workers’ Party deny the allegations.

January 24, 2018 – A Brazilian appeals court has unanimously upheld his corruption conviction, casting doubt on his plans to run again in the upcoming presidential election. The three judges of the Court of Appeal also added two and a half years to the sentence, imposing a prison sentence of 12 years and one month. Lula da Silva remains free pending future appeals.

April 7, 2018 – After defying an order to turn himself in for a day holed up in a union building, he turns himself in to federal authorities to begin serving a 12-year prison sentence for corruption.

August 15, 2018 – He announces that he has submitted the necessary documents to register as a candidate of the Workers’ Party in the upcoming presidential elections.

September 1, 2018 – Brazil’s top electoral court bars Lula da Silva from running for office because of his corruption conviction.

February 6, 2019 – In another corruption case, he was sentenced to 12 years and 11 months in prison for accepting bribes to renovate his country house.

April 23, 2019 – Brazil’s Supreme Court of Justice reduces Lula da Silva’s prison sentence from 12 years and one month to eight years and 10 months for his two corruption convictions.

August 7, 2019 – The Supreme Court of Brazil has annulled the order to transfer Lula da Silva from a cell at the federal police headquarters in the city of Curitiba to a prison in Sao Paulo.

September 30, 2019 – Lula da Silva has released a letter via Twitter, rejecting the prosecutor’s request to transfer him from prison to house arrest. Seeking exemption, he says that he will not trade his dignity for freedom.

November 7, 2019 – Brazil’s Supreme Court has ruled that the defendants can remain free until all appeals are exhausted. The ruling reverses an earlier decision that helped bring dozens of politicians and powerful businessmen to justice.

November 8, 2019 – He has been released from prison after a year and a half.

September 1, 2020 – A Brazilian federal court has dismissed a corruption case against Lula da Silva for insufficient evidence. He was accused of lobbying for the construction company Odebrecht.

March 8, 2021 – A Brazilian court overturns Lula da Silva’s corruption convictions, allowing him to run for president in 2022.

May 7, 2022 – He has formally submitted his candidacy for the presidency in the October 2022 elections.

October 2, 2022 – In the presidential election, Da Silva finished with 48.4% to the incumbent Jair Bolsonaro’s 43.2%. Both candidates had to pass 50% to be elected in the first vote, so both will face each other in the vote that will take place on October 30.