"Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has asked for forgiveness from the Brazilian people for a scandal that has engulfed his government.
"He apologised on TV but said he did not know about the alleged corruption, including a cash-for-votes scheme in the Brazilian Congress.
"He insisted that those responsible would be punished.
"His Workers' Party came to power in 2002 pledging to represent a break with Brazil's traditional dirty politics.
"The government and the Workers' Party have to ask for forgiveness from the Brazilian people," he said in his televised speech to the nation."
Heh. Now other countries are doing the "I am sorry" thing.