Defiant Lula readies presidential bid
Brazil’s former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will launch his bid for the presidency Jan. 25, regardless of the outcome of an appellate court hearing on his corruption conviction scheduled for the day before.
Lula’s bid is “an act of defiance” in response to political persecution, Alexandre Padilha, vice president of the Workers’ Party, said in an interview. Political parties will not officially formalize their candidates for October’s elections until August. Lula was sentenced to 91/ years
2 for graft and money laundering in July and faces a handful of other criminal charges.
The former president and his supporters say the charges against him are politically motivated and an attempt to stop him from returning to power.
Lula leads the opinion polls for this year’s presidential election. If the appeals court upholds his conviction on Jan. 24, he may be barred from running.