Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s former president says he is “very much a candidate” in the country's presidential elections coming up in October, despite having been in jail for a month.
According to a report by the newspaper Folha de Sao Paulo, the message was given by theologian Leonardo Boff, who visited Lula in prison in the southern city of Curitiba.
will only renounce his candidacy if it is proven that he owned a
penthouse which he allegedly renovated in a corrupt deal, according to
Boff. “He wants to return to power to give a central place to Brazilian
policies for the poor,” Boff was quoted as saying.
jailed on April 8 after being sentenced to 12 years for corruption and
money-laundering in connection with the renovation of a beachside
penthouse. The renovation was bankrolled by a company seeking contracts
with the state oil giant Petrobras. Lula’s lawyers have launched an
appeal process in an attempt to overturn his conviction so he can
contest the October 7 elections.
Opinion polls indicate he would
win these with a large majority if he were to run. Lula’s Workers’
Party has said it has no plan B in case he is not allowed to represent
it in the elections. However, Brazil’s electoral tribunal is expected to
bar him from the poll.
Former Brazilian President, Lula Da Silva currently serving a 12-year jail term vows to contest the country's elections from jail this October
Tuesday, 8 May 2018