Lula's rule pulls Brazil upwards

President's achievements of the last seven years tempered by persistent criticism.

    As the decade comes to a close, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva may look back with some satisfaction.

    As Brazil's leader for the past seven years, he has presided over reduction in crime and increase in economic growth that has resulted in the country emerging as a major world player.

    However, Lula, who comes from a humble background and has one year left of his current term, is not without his critics.

    Al Jazeera's Lucia Newman reports from Rio de Janeiro.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    Survivor stories from Super Typhoon Haiyan

    The Philippines’ Typhoon Haiyan was the strongest storm ever to make landfall. Five years on, we revisit this story.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    We Are Still Here: A Story from Native Alaska

    From Qatar to Alaska, a personal journey exploring what it means to belong when your culture is endangered.