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Jose Dirceu, former chief of staff for popular president, sentenced to nearly 11 years for role in vote-buying scheme.
Three aides of former president convicted of fraud in relation to a vote-buying scheme in Congress.
Dubbed "the trial of the century", 38 former officials face prosecution over vote-buying in Congress between 2002-2005.
One of president's closest confidants charged with conspiracy in a graft scandal.

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appears to have survived the worst crisis of his 30-month-old government amid accusations of corruption in his cabinet.

Gibby Zobel in Rio de Janeiro
Brazilian cabinet chief Jose Dirceu has resigned in the aftermath of a bribery scandal that has engulfed the government of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.
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