Photo: Dilma Rousseff and Lula da Silva
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appeared in public with a beard for the first time since he was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx in 2011, which forced him to shave it off.
Lula let his new beard be seen, thin and gray, during a meeting Monday with President Dilma Rousseff at the Planalto presidential palace.
A thick beard was always part of Lula’s image since his days as a labor leader in the 1970s and 1980s when he espoused Marxism, through his two terms as president from 2003 to 2011.
In 2011, because of his cancer, Lula shaved off his beard and shaved his head, and did not let his beard grow again despite the fact that doctors announced his total remission from the tumor in 2012.