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12:00 AM, April 13, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, April 13, 2018

One Lula jailed, 60 'Lula' in congress

If Brazil's right-wing politicians thought they'd seen the last of Lula with his imprisonment, they couldn't have reckoned on running into more than 60 new "Lulas" popping up in Congress on Wednesday.

Like an army of clones, members of Lula's Workers' Party in the legislature have changed their names to that of their fiery leader.

The tribute to the disgraced two-term former president -- and gleeful dig at his opponents -- was led by the Workers' Party head, Senator Gleisi Hoffmann.

From now on, she will be referred to in the legislature as Gleisi Lula Hoffmann, she wrote in a letter to the Senate speaker published Wednesday. The party's leader in the lower house, hitherto known as Paulo Pimenta, sent a similar letter: he is now Paulo Lula Pimenta.

The 60 Workers' Party deputies in the lower house have followed suit.

The backlash, however, has already started.

Sostenes Cavalcante, from the small right-wing DEM party, has informed that he will now make Moro his middle name, paying tribute to Judge Sergio Moro, who convicted Lula.

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