Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff (R) greets former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva during the appointment of Lula da Silva as chief of staff, at Planalto palace in Brasilia, Brazil, March 17, 2016. REUTERS/Adriano Machado
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Leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sworn in as President Dilma Rousseff's chief of staff Thursday amid a deepening political crisis as protests against his appointment continued for a second day and a judge sought to block the move.During the swearing-in ceremony, Rousseff strongly criticized the release on Wednesday of a taped telephone conversation between her and Lula that was made public by another federal judge, calling it illegal and anti-democratic.The appointment of Lula to the cabinet triggered large protests in several Brazilian cities on Wednesday.Lula and Rousseff have denied any wrongdoing.
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