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The suspended president said she feared for the future of social services her cabinet had established.
Lula has said the investigation into alleged corruption charges, which he has denied, is a media circus.
Rising unemployment coupled with runaway inflation will prove challenging to the post-impeachment trial government.
Dilma Rousseff's impeachment trial begins on Thursday, with a verdict expected by the end of August.
... we take stock of some of the brilliant, and not so great, moments during the Games.
Rising commodity and oil prices, coupled with political change, have fueled a strengthening of emerging markets, reports show.
Four American swimmers fabricated robbery charges after vandalising a gas station restroom.
The impeachment trial for suspended President Rousseff will last for four sessions on Aug. 25-26 and Aug. 29-30.
Odebrecht's testimony could turn undecided senators against convicting Rousseff in the upcoming impeachment proceedings.
The 2016 Olympic Games were formally opened in a joyful, musical ceremony at Rio's Maracana stadium.