Brazil court upholds Lula da Silva conviction

Elias Hubbard
January 26, 2018

Lula can still appeal to higher courts to delay a final decision, avoiding jail and stringing the process out long enough to register his candidacy by the August 15 deadline, though an electoral court could eventually revoke his candidacy.

"What we are up against here is a conviction outside of the law".

Cristiano Zanin, Lula's attorney, declared that the defense would use "all means legally available to challenge the decision that was handed down" on Wednesday.

The roller-coaster week of former Brazilian president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva continues, as he accepted on Thursday to become the presidential candidate for the Workers' Party (PT), the day after a court dismissed his appeal against a 12 -year-jail sentence for corruption.

"It complicates his plans to run for the presidency this year but it doesn't finish them altogether", said market analysts Capital Economics. Rousseff was impeached in 2016 for breaking budget rules, bringing 13 years of Workers' Party rule to an end.

Lula once again proclaimed his innocence and affirmed his ambition to be the president of Brazil for a third time.

"I want the judges to know that I am not anxious like they think I should be", Lula said.

According to Brazilian law, convicted politicians can not run for office, but the situation is not clear-cut. A effect of that scenario, however, is the likelihood of even more political instability in the country. In accordance with the statement, Cuba reiterates its support and solidarity with Comrade Lula, who has been subject to the fiercest political and judicial persecution in order to prevent his running for president. The PT stated that the three-judge votes acting in the 4th Federal Regional Court (TRF4) were clearly combined and noted that this confirms the political-partisan commitment of some sectors of the judicial system orchestrated by the Globo network with the goal of excluding its founder from the upcoming electoral contest. Brazilian political forces are still trying to organize their strategies amid much uncertainty. Brazil's leader from 2003-11, Silva survived a vote-buying scandal in 2005 due to massive support from lower-class Brazilians and left office with a 90 percent approval rating.

For the last couple of decades Lula has been a defining figure in Brazil's politics. "But actually it's not clear who wins and who loses in this scenario", said Marco Aurelio Nogueira, a Political Science Professor at Sao Paulo State University. Election watchers say this is likely to continue - whether he's on the ballot or not.

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