BRAZIL JUDGE ANNULS CONVICTIONS AGAINST FORMER PRESIDENT LULA


10/03/2021




İrem UZUN -TDO- A Brazilian Supreme Court judge annulled corruption ruling against former leftist President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Monday, restoring the politician's right to run for elections. The leftist leader's party also said it was too early to celebrate as there were more legal steps ahead.

Lula was president of Latin America’s largest economy for two terms, between 2003 and 2011, and oversaw a historic period of commodity-fueled growth and poverty reduction. The Workers’ Party (PT) politician, 75, had hoped to seek a third term in 2018 but was sidelined after being jailed on disputed corruption charges, paving the way for Bolsonaro’s landslide victory.  Lula was released from prison in November 2019 after 580 days behind bars but remained unable to seek election after being stripped of his political rights.

The decision means Lula would be eligible to run for president next year should he wish to challenge Bolsonaro, said the local newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo. Hailing the ruling in a Twitter post, Lula said it was "recognition that we have always been correct throughout our legal battle". Lula is the only one of 10 potential 2022 candidates who outperformed Bolsonaro in a survey by polling company Ipec, published in newspaper O Estado de S.Paulo last week.  It found that 50 percent of the 2,002 people it interviewed "would certainly" or "could" vote for Lula, compared with 38 percent for Bolsonaro.


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