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Brazil’s jailed former leader Lula ends presidential bid

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By ITN News Editor September 12, 2018 13:50

Brazil’s jailed former leader Lula ends presidential bid

Brazil’s most popular politician, imprisoned former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, ended his legal battle to run for the top office in next month’s election. A letter from Lula announcing he would step aside to allow his running mate Fernando Haddad to stand for the presidency was read out to supporters who have been keeping vigil outside the federal police headquarters where Lula – who maintains his innocence – is being held.Lula, serving a 12-year sentence for a graft conviction, was president from 2003-2010. He is ineligible for office under Brazil’s “Clean Slate” law, which prohibits candidates from running if they have convictions that have been upheld on appeal.

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By ITN News Editor September 12, 2018 13:50
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