Brazil's Lula da Silva barred from running for presidency

Candidatos à Presidência da República participam do segundo debate das eleições de 2018

Candidatos à Presidência da República participam do segundo debate das eleições de 2018

Lula was arrested in April after Brazil's Supreme Court rejected his plea to stay out of jail while appealing the corruption case in a bid to recapture the presidency.

Lula earlier said he would appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court. Fernando Haddad, former mayor of Sao Paulo", he said.

Brazil's embattled former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, the front-runner in the country's election, will be struck from the ballot, an electoral court ruled on Friday, reshaping Brazil's election one month before voters cast their ballots. Brazil's general elections will be held on October 7.

Before Friday's court judgement on whether he could run, Brazil's prosecutor general filed to bar his candidacy due to the law prohibiting those who have lost appeals against their conviction from standing.

"There is no margin here for the electoral court to make any other evaluation but the one showing there is a conviction, and that conviction matters in the candidate's eligibility", Barroso said.

The much-anticipated decision brings some clarity to a chaotic campaign season in which the man who had been favored to win Latin America's largest election was sitting behind bars.

But he is adored by millions of Brazilians due to the prosperity Brazil enjoyed under his leadership from 2003 to 2010. US President Barack Obama once called him the "most popular politician on earth".

Lula is now serving a 12-year sentence for a corruption conviction.

Brazil's top electoral court has ruled that jailed former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva can not run as a candidate in the presidential election because of his corruption conviction.

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Moments later, his Workers' Party vowed to "fight with all means to secure his candidacy".

On Saturday, Haddad was scheduled to visit Garanhuns, a city in Brazil's impoverished Northeast where da Silva was born.

Lula da Silva's lawyers can appeal the latest court decision.

Universally known as Lula, Lula da Silva is a founding member of Brazil's only socialist political party, Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT), the Workers' Party.

"We will defend Lula in the streets, with the people, because he is a candidate of hope".

Top electoral court rules jailed former president can not run in October's election because of his graft conviction.

The end of Lula's candidacy opens the electoral field to runner-up Jair Bolsonaro, a right-wing congressman and former soldier whose platform includes gun legalization and weaker environmental regulations.

Lula's case was a last-minute addition to the Superior Electoral Court's extraordinary session, where seven magistrates in Brasilia began hearing it at 5:00 pm (2000 GMT).

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