Lula da Silva in his early days as a politician
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Lula leaves office as Brazil's 'most popular' president

31 December 2010 Last updated at 06:33 GMT

Brazillian President Lula da Silva will leave office as the most popular president in Brazilian history, boasting approval ratings of about 80%.

His popularity can in part be credited to Brazil's economic growth but also that he is the first president many Brazilians feel the could identify with.

Paulo Cabral reports.