A judge issued an injunction against Lula''s appointment shortly after he was sworn in

Leftist leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was sworn in as President Dilma Rousseff’s chief of staff on Thursday amid a deepening political crisis as protests against his appointment continued for a second day and a judge sought to block the move.

Soon after the swearing-in ceremony, the federal judge in Brasilia issued an injunction to suspend the appointment on the grounds it prevented “the free exercise of justice.”

Prosecutors have charged Lula with money laundering and fraud as part of a sweeping graft probe centered on state oil company Petrobras. The former president’s appointment as a minister would provide him immunity from prosecution by all but the Supreme Court.

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