Jailed Lula Nominated For Brazil’s Presidential Election

Newly elected Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (L) embraces his Vice-President Jose Alencar, after receiving notification of their victory in Sao Paulo, Brazil. VANDERLEI ALMEIDA / AFP

 

Brazil’s leftist Workers’ Party nominated its charismatic founder Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva for the upcoming presidential contest Saturday despite him being imprisoned for corruption.

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In a message from Lula read to the party convention in Sao Paulo, he said, “Brazil needs to restore its democracy.” Although serving a 12-year sentence for corruption, Lula remains by far the frontrunner in opinion polls.

AFP

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