Days before new president, old divisions tearing at Brazil

December 25, 2022

Then, one will hear a different song on the streets, its lyrics taking a shot at outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro. He also tapped long-time ally Aloizio Mercadante to head the country’s development bank -- precisely the sort of position business leaders expected to remain clear of Workers’ Party hands. Gleisi Hoffmann, the chairwoman of Lula’s Workers’ Party, said building a Cabinet would be a challenge even if Lula were only selecting progressives. ADVERTISEMENT“We have our differences within the Workers’ Party, now go figure what happens when we bring a dozen other parties,” Hoffmann said on her social media channels Dec. 16. “If I only see members of the Workers’ Party in the government, goodbye.” ___Associated Press writer Aamer Madhani in Washington contributed to this report.