Lula da Silva barred from running for Brazil's presidency

03 September, 2018, 20:59 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • 'Most popular politician on earth' barred from running for president

Before Friday's court judgement on whether he could run, Brazil's prosecutor general filed to bar his candidacy due to the law prohibiting those who have lost appeals against their conviction from standing.

The much-anticipated decision brings some clarity to a chaotic campaign season in which the man who had been favored to win Latin America's largest election was sitting behind bars.

Universally known as Lula, Lula da Silva is a founding member of Brazil's only socialist political party, Partido dos Trabalhadores (PT), the Workers' Party.

Brazil's top electoral court will begin deliberations Friday on whether former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva should be barred from running in this year's presidential election, according to a statement on the court's website.

But he has been in jail since April after he was sentenced to 12 years for corruption and money laundering.

The Supreme Electoral Court barred Lula from running because it would violate an anti-corruption law that the former president himself signed. U.S. President Barack Obama once called him the "most popular politician on earth". Yet, running a campaign largely from his jail cell, he has been able to capture almost 40 percent of prospective votes for October's presidential elections, according to the latest polls.

"It is a political calculation that Lula and his partners at the Worker's Party will have to make".

China's JD.com: Founder Returns to Beijing After US Arrest
The New York Times reported Liu has returned to China where he has become the talk of the nation. JD.com is 10 percent owned by Walmart , while Chinese internet firm Tencent owns 18 percent.

Da Silva has long argued that he should be allowed to run because his conviction was a sham.

"01 de septiembre de 2018, 11:39Brasilia, Sep 1 (Prensa Latina) The Workers" Party (PT) denounced today the existence in Brazil of "a legal system for the powerful and a system of exception for Lula", who has been a political prisoner for more than 145 days. Judge Sergio Moro convicted da Silva of trading favours with construction company Grupo OAS in exchange for the promise of a beach house apartment.

Da Silva's lawyers complained the court was rushing a decision because they submitted their defence only on Thursday and noted that the court rarely holds sessions on Fridays. Earlier this year, the Supreme Federal Tribunal, the nation's highest court, denied a petition by da Silva to get out of prison while he continued to appeal.

But unlike Lula, former Sao Paulo mayor Haddad commands little popular support.

Supporters of the former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva attend a rally in Curitiba, Brazil, on August 30. "The party stressed, 'We are going to defend Lula in the streets, along with the people, because he is the candidate of hope".

On Saturday, Haddad was scheduled to visit Garanhuns, a city in Brazil's impoverished Northeast where da Silva was born.

Recommended:

  • Rick Zamperin: Simply put, Blue Jays whiffed on Josh Donaldson deal

    Rick Zamperin: Simply put, Blue Jays whiffed on Josh Donaldson deal

    Still, those are the only two times Donaldson has appeared in games since May, so he remains something of an unknown for 2018. The third baseman only played in his first rehab game on Tuesday night in Dunedin, Fla., for Toronto's Class-A affiliate.
    Ariana Grande to perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral

    Ariana Grande to perform at Aretha Franklin's funeral

    I was able to visit with her a few times there at the apartment and to hold her hand and to YouTube my dad singing Joy Bells. On the inside of the lid embroidered into the fabric is " Aretha Franklin the Queen of Soul".
    Prince Harry, Meghan join Lin-Manuel Miranda at 'Hamilton'

    Prince Harry, Meghan join Lin-Manuel Miranda at 'Hamilton'

    The hip-hop musical is about the life of the American founding father, Alexander Hamilton , and his rise from poverty to power. After the show he got on stage and burst into song, mimicking one of the tunes sung by his ancestor, with the words "you say".
  • United States  last nail in frozen Pak aid

    United States last nail in frozen Pak aid

    Pakistan is still believed to have the strongest influence over the Taliban, making its cooperation necessary for peace talks. Trump used his first tweet of 2018 to attack the Pakistani government saying they shelter the "terrorists we hunt".
    Energy Industry Awaiting Details on Tentative U.S.-Mexico Trade Pact

    Energy Industry Awaiting Details on Tentative U.S.-Mexico Trade Pact

    The proposed deal between Mexico and the United States intensifies pressure on Canada to agree to the same terms. Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland will arrive in Washington , D.C., on Tuesday to meet with U.S.
    No Need to Resume US-South Korea Wargames

    No Need to Resume US-South Korea Wargames

    But since that historic meeting, there has been little progress toward the United States goal of North Korean denuclearisation. Even so, Mattis noted that diplomacy remained the core focus of USA policy, de-emphasizing a military role.
  • Sony launches Xperia XZ3 at IFA with a 6.0-inch OLED display

    Sony launches Xperia XZ3 at IFA with a 6.0-inch OLED display

    The screen now has curved edges a bit like the Galaxy S9 and a feature similar to HTC's Edge Sense. Sony Xperia smartphones stand out for their camera capabilities, and the Xperia XZ3 is no less.
    Watch the livestream of Aretha Franklin's funeral celebration

    Watch the livestream of Aretha Franklin's funeral celebration

    Greater Grace's Bishop Charles Ellis III says he wants all - even the famous - to leave with a "spiritual awakening". That's a nod to her funky '80s tune of the same name that prominently featured the auto in the lyrics and video.
    Aaron Rodgers makes National Football League  history with Packers extension

    Aaron Rodgers makes National Football League history with Packers extension

    The 14th-year veteran is the league's all-time leader in passer rating (103.8) and interception rate (1.6 percent). Schefter later reported that the deal includes $103m practically guaranteed and $67m due before the end of 2018.
  • Canada 'will be out' of trade deal unless it's 'fair'

    Canada 'will be out' of trade deal unless it's 'fair'

    The deal also proposes requiring a significant portion of automobile parts - 75 percent - be made in the USA and Mexico . It is still unclear whether the United States and Canada will work out their differences in the next few weeks.
    Greyhound bus crash: Seven killed in New Mexico collision

    Greyhound bus crash: Seven killed in New Mexico collision

    Police say the westbound lane is closed as they investigate what caused the accident that caused multiple injuries and casualties. Greyhound said a total of 47 passengers were on board during the time of the crash.
    Apple's next event will be September  12

    Apple's next event will be September 12

    We saw this past year when almost every detail/feature concerning the 2017 iPhone X were spoiled by a HomePod firmware leak . The highlight of the entire event alongside the new iPhone line-up is said to be the unveiling of the Apple Watch Series 4.


Popular

Rain chances increase throughout your Labor Day weekend
The Accumulated Cyclone Energy - a measure of the strength and longevity of a storm - is 17.5 this season when the normal is 28.7. However, the weather service doesnt believe the tropical wave poses a threat to the region because its so disorganized.

Lego replica Bugatti Chiron runs at top speed of 28.97 kph
Over 1 million pieces were used in assembling the 1.5-ton auto , and LEGO said its creators didn't use any glue. From about 20 meters away, he added, it's not obvious that you're looking at a Lego auto .

Ramos says he was surprised at Ronaldo's remarks after Champions League success
Jurgen Klopp has asserted that he expected a hard group in the Champions League after his side were drawn in a "group of death". Notably, Modric was also adjudged the best player of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation .

Chicago Bears outbid Cleveland Browns, others for Khalil Mack
Like Donald, who was drafted the same year Mack was, he deserves to be compensated for his efforts. Either way, the trade brings the Mack saga to a swift and shocking end in Oakland.

Syrian FM says regime will try to avoid civilian deaths in Idlib
The leaders of Turkey, Iran, and Russian Federation are slated to meet next week in Tabriz to discuss the mounting crisis. A source said on Wednesday that Russia's ally, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, was preparing a phased offensive there.

Aretha Franklin public visitation begins at Charles H. Wright Museum
Hundreds of fans gathered Tuesday to honor the late soul icon during her ongoing public viewing at the Charles H. Franklin's funeral will take place at the 4,000-seat Greater Grace Temple in Detroit on Friday .

Authorities Identify Mystery Woman in Texas Doorbell Video
Authorities say the man was found dead from a single gunshot wound after deputies responded to a welfare call. As reported by the Independent, the Montgomery woman luckily has also been found safe and sound.

France scallop war in pictures: ‘Firebombed’ trawlers return home
He defended the Brits' position claiming they were in global waters and therefore entitled to fish in the location where they were ambushed.

Tennis star penalised for taking top off slams Serena catsuit ban
Venus later joked that her younger sister had had an unfair advantage: "It was two against one", the older Williams said. Dahya said incidents like these play a part in the #MeToo conversation over assault, harassment and gender disparity.

In Upset, Progressive Bests Dem Frontrunner In Florida Gov Primary
Following her win Tuesday, President Trump praised McSally for her win and rejecting an endorsement from Senator Jeff Flake. On the Democratic side, progressive candidate Andrew Gillum , also 39, won the nomination in a surprising upset.