Jose Dirceu

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Brazilian far-right president-elect Jair Bolsonaro (left) with  supreme court president José Dias Toffoli. Photograph:  Sergio Lima/AFP/Getty Images

Of all heavyweights in Brazilian public life to emerge as important allies of President Jair Bolsonaro, the most curious is the head of the country’s (...)

Brazilian former chief-of-staff Jose Dirceu, gestures during a hearing of the parliamentary committee of the Petrobras investigation. Photograph: Heuler Andrey/AFP/Getty Images

A one-time chief of staff for former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sentenced to 23 years in prison on Wednesday for corruption, m(...)

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff: said she would “cut her own flesh” to root out corruption. Photograph: Ueslei Marcelino/Reuters

A Brazilian government shake-up designed to head off efforts to impeach president Dilma Rousseff has been overshadowed by a supreme court ruling that (...)

President Dilma Rousseff:  Hundreds of thousands are expected to take to the streets on Sunday  to demand her impeachment. Photograph: Evaristo Sa/AFP/Getty Images

Hundreds of thousands of Brazilians are expected to take to the streets on Sunday in the latest round of the campaign to force President Dilma Rous(...)

José Dirceu, who was detained  yesterday morning at his home in Brasília. Photograph: Nacho Doce/Reuters

Police in Brazil have arrested one of the founders of the ruling Workers’ Party, accusing him of being the mastermind behind the massive corruption s(...)