Lula da Silva confirmed as Brazil party’s presidential candidate

by | Jul 21, 2022 | World

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva confirmed as a presidential candidate before October election.Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva was officially nominated by his left-wing Workers Party (PT)  to run against far-right incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil’s most polarised election in decades.
The Thursday vote of party delegates at a hotel in Sao Paulo was widely expected and merely symbolic, with da Silva’s campaign already on the move. The 76-year-old did not attend the party’s convention as he is campaigning in his home state of Pernambuco in Brazil’s impoverished northeast. He was leading all polls against incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro.
This year will mark the sixth presidential bid by da Silva, who Brazilians universally refer to as “Lula“.
A Lula victory in the October 2 poll would represent an astounding comeback by the former union leader. Lula, who led Brazil for two terms from 2003 to 2010, spent 580 days in prison on corruption convictions that were later annulled.
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Lula was also confirmed as the Workers’ Party candidate in its 2018 convention, then a corruption and money laundering conviction removed him from the race and paved the way for Bolsonaro’s victory.
As his party launched his ticket, Lula met artists and intellectuals at a rally in a theatre in the city of Recife, where supporters chanted his name.
Campaigning on his achievements in reducing poverty at a time of rapid growth fuelled by a global commodities boom, Lula has blasted Bolsonaro for the return of hunger among Brazil’s poor during an economic slump caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I didn’t need to be president again. I could save my diploma of best president ever and live the last years of my life quietly,” Lula said during a rally. “But I saw this country being destroyed. I saw our education being led by a guy who doesn’t like education. So, I decided to come back.”
The former union leader was released from prison in 2019 and his convictions were quashed la …

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