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2006-04-06 15:51:19

By Raymond Colitt BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Eight members of the ethics committee of Brazil's lower house of Congress resigned in protest on Thursday, following the acquittal of several House members who were accused of accepting bribes and illicit campaign contributions. The resignations follow the acquittal of former House leader Joao Paulo Cunha of the ruling Workers' Party, or PT, in a vote by the House plenary on Wednesday. He is the eighth of 18 congressmen to have been...

2006-03-29 16:02:43

BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - An investigative committee will call for the indictment of more than 100 people but exempt Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in its final report on a corruption scandal involving the ruling party, its author said on Wednesday. The scandal, in which the Workers' Party used illicit funds to finance campaigns and allegedly bribe legislators, broke out in June and threatened to overwhelm the government. Since then it has subsided and resurfaced...

2005-09-29 11:50:49

By Angus MacSwan BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - A long corruption scandal in Brazil has left President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva battered and bruised -- but he is still standing as his opponents' assault begins to weaken. At the height of the crisis, his rivals were moving in for the kill. Now it looks like the decisive round might not be until Brazil's presidential election in October 2006, giving Lula a year to repair his reputation and regroup his forces. Lula's hand was...

2005-08-19 17:46:00

By Evandro Spinelli RIBEIRAO PRETO, Brazil (Reuters) - An ex-aide to Brazil's finance minister accused his former boss on Friday of receiving kickbacks when he was a mayor, stoking the political crisis surrounding President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's government. Financial markets fell on the first corruption charge to hit a member of Brazil's economic team since a ruling party bribery and illegal campaign funding scandal broke in June. The accusations against Finance Minister...

2005-08-18 22:35:35

By Aureo Germano BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - The former treasurer of Brazil's ruling political party made the first official link between President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's 2002 election and illegal campaign funds on Thursday, as the country's bribes-for-votes scandal escalated. In June, allegations surfaced that Lula's aides and the ruling Workers' Party used undeclared campaign funds to buy allies in Congress and in the 2002 election that brought President Lula to power. In...

2005-08-17 11:26:12

By Andrew Hay BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Thousands of left-wing militants demanded that President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva step down on Wednesday as new allegations of tax evasion by his ruling party added fuel to a graft scandal. Demonstrators carrying banners saying "Lula Out!" marched through the capital Brasilia in the first mass protest against Lula since allegations surfaced 11 weeks ago that the ruling Worker's Party bribed lawmakers to support legislation. The protest --...

2005-08-16 14:38:21

By Andrew Hay BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Thousands of students and trade unionists demonstrated in support of President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Tuesday as Brazil's Congress probed for evidence that could link him to a deepening corruption scandal. The protest, the first of two scheduled for this week, was the first mass rally in the capital since the scandal over bribes paid to Congressmen erupted in June. Demonstrators, many with faces painted in the yellow and green of...

2005-08-12 11:01:10

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva apologized in a nationwide address on Friday for a bribery scandal that is threatening his government but said he "did not know about it." "The government and the (ruling) Workers' Party have to ask for forgiveness from the Brazilian people," he said in a speech intended to ease Brazil's worst political crisis in a decade.

2005-08-02 17:54:58

By Andrew Hay BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - The former right-hand man of Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, testifying before Congress on Tuesday, denied bribery and corruption charges that have thrown the Brazilian government into crisis. Facing the lawmaker whose accusations forced him from government, former Cabinet chief Jose Dirceu flatly denied claims he masterminded a bribes-for-votes scheme and illegal campaign funding for the ruling Workers' Party. Millions of...

2005-07-22 21:42:48

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said on Friday he would not give in to Brazil's wealthy elites in the face of bribery allegations threatening his government. Lula, a former metalworker who is the first working-class president of Latin America's largest country, said he would not let anyone in Brazil tell him what was "ethical, moral or dignified" as a congressional probe sought proof for accusations his Workers' Party, or PT, bribed...


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grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'