Brazil judge suspends Lula's appointment as cabinet chief

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Brasília (AFP)

A federal judge in Brazil suspended President Dilma Rousseff's appointment of her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva as her new chief of staff Thursday, amid allegations she gave him the post to protect him from corruption charges.

"I hereby interrupt the nomination of Mr Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva to the position of chief of staff or any other that grants him immunity," Judge Itagiba Catta Preta said in the preliminary ruling, which must still be reviewed by a higher court and can be appealed.