Last updated: 24 december, 2010 - 11:51 GMT

Brazil: Lula's Legacy - part one

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As President Lula leaves office, what has been the legacy of one of the most popular politicians in Brazilian history?

In this two-part series, the BBC's Paulo Cabral assesses the record of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who won Brazil's presidency with a landmark win in 2002.

He visits the small town in the impoverished northeast where Lula was born and the industrial suburbs where the president made his political name.

Paulo finds a Brazil which has experienced a boom in investment and the rise of millions of Brazilians into a new middle class; a Brazil where poverty has been reduced, but big challenges remain.

First broadcast on 27 December, 2010

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