A day after an appeal court in Brazil upheld his corruption and money laundry conviction, which will most likely bar him from seeking a third term, former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been put forth by the Workers Party as a candidate for elections coming up in October.
The former leader is the founder of the party and is extremely popular among everyday Brazilians according to opinion polls.
Senator Gleisi Hoffman, leader of the party announced Lula’s candidacy at a rally of union workers. The appeal’s court ruling Wednesday on gives Lula a slim chance of taking the verdict to the Supreme Court and officials of the electoral commission are widely expected to block him from running should he decide to throw his hat into the race.
BaretaNews Foreign Correspondent/Analyst