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On January 1, 2007, Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, of the leftist Workers Party PT, was inaugurated for a second four-year term as President of Brazil. Lula was re-elected in the second round of voting with fairly broad popular support. His immediate tasks were to boost Brazils lagging economic growth and address the issues of crime, violence, and poverty. Despite President Lulas personal popularity, many predicted that intra-party rivalries within his governing coalition would make it hard for him to push his agenda through Brazils notoriously fractured legislature. President Lula enjoys high approval ratings 72 in June 2008 and is benefitting from a strong economy GDP growth exceeded 5 in 2007. Ongoing corruption investigations involving President Lulas PT party have not diminished the strength of his second ten in office, and some are urging him to seek a third presidential ten, a move that would require a constitutional amendment. Some have criticized President Lula, however, for thus far being unwilling or unable to use his significant political capital to gain legislative approval for a more robust political and economic reform agenda. Few predict that either President Lula or the Brazilian Congress will take action on any major reform agenda until after the October 2008 municipal elections are held.
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