Brazil’s Lula to register as presidential candidate from jail

Imprisoned former Brazil President Luiz Inacio Lula Da Silva is running for this year’s presidential election despite his 12 year sentence for corruption and facing several more trials. Top members of Lula’s Workers Party are planning a march in Brazilia to register his candidacy with electoral officials. While he was nominated earlier this month to be his party’s candidate, Lula is expected to be barred from running by the country’s top electoral court since Brazilian law bars candidates whose conviction has been upheld on appeal, which is Lula’s situation. His popularity has been hurt by corruption indictments and scandals involving his party, which was ousted from power in 2016 when his handpicked successor was impeached for breaking budget rules. Still, polls show about one third of Brazilians would vote for him if he’s allowed to run, almost double his nearest rival.

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