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Brazil: Ex-President Lula holds vigil for his late wife in Sao Paulo01:53

Brazil: Ex-President Lula holds vigil for his late wife in Sao Paulo

Brazil, Sao Paulo
February 4, 2017 at 19:42 GMT -00:00 · Published

Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva led the wake for his late wife, Marisa Leticia, at the Metalworkers' Union headquarters in the Sao Paulo's suburb of Sao Bernardo do Campo, where the lovers first met forty three years before.

The former first lady died on Friday evening after suffering a stroke on January 24 at the age of 66. Lulu has stated that her body will be cremated at a private ceremony at the Jardim da Colina cemetery.

Marisa helped Lula found the Worker's Party (PT) and supported him during his career to become one of Latin America's most popular leftist leaders. At the end of his second term he had an approval rating that exceeded 80 percent.

During the wake, mourners attempted to block reporters from the anti-PT media group Grupo Globo, who have attacked both Lula and his wife on multiple occasions and shown support for the current right-wing administration of President Michel Temer.

Brazil: Ex-President Lula holds vigil for his late wife in Sao Paulo01:53
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Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva led the wake for his late wife, Marisa Leticia, at the Metalworkers' Union headquarters in the Sao Paulo's suburb of Sao Bernardo do Campo, where the lovers first met forty three years before.

The former first lady died on Friday evening after suffering a stroke on January 24 at the age of 66. Lulu has stated that her body will be cremated at a private ceremony at the Jardim da Colina cemetery.

Marisa helped Lula found the Worker's Party (PT) and supported him during his career to become one of Latin America's most popular leftist leaders. At the end of his second term he had an approval rating that exceeded 80 percent.

During the wake, mourners attempted to block reporters from the anti-PT media group Grupo Globo, who have attacked both Lula and his wife on multiple occasions and shown support for the current right-wing administration of President Michel Temer.

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