For the sixth time, Lula is running for president. In 2018, he was arrested in the southern city of Curitiba and banned from running for the Planalto Palace (the seat of executive power) following a decision by the Supreme Electoral Court (TSE).
On that occasion, he was convicted, without evidence, of charges relating to alleged acts of corruption under the disjointed Lava Jato judicial process.
His convictions were overturned by the Federal Supreme Court in March 2021 and the former labor leader regained his political rights, becoming eligible again.
The São Paulo Workers’ Party Congress, Pure Protocol, was attended by the party’s national leadership, as well as its leader, Representative Gliese Hoffman.
Former Governor Geraldo Alcumen’s appointment as Vice Presidential candidate has been confirmed in Lula’s ticket.
The Confederation of Brazil da Esperanca, made up of the Workers’ Party, the Brazilian Communist Party, the Green Party, the Brazilian Socialist, the Network for Sustainability, Socialism, Freedom and Solidarity, was also approved.
Lula was not present at the event, as he was carrying out political agendas in the state of Pernambuco (northeast).
According to the calendar established by TSE, parties have until August 5 to hold conferences.
After the meeting, political organizations will have until August 15 to register the candidacy in that court, the last step to formalize the candidate.
During the week, the Democratic Action Party (PDT, for its Portuguese acronym) unanimously approved the appointment of former governor Cerro Gomes as its presidential candidate.
For the fourth time in his long political career, Gomez will be in an election race, although he never made it to the second round in the last three attempts (1998, 2002 and 2018).
In the latest study by the Datafolha Institute, the former finance minister appears with eight percent favoritism toward the October elections, succeeding Lula and far-right leader Jair Bolsonaro.
Tomorrow, Bolsonaro will be announced as the Liberal Party’s presidential candidate at an event in Rio de Janeiro, the political cradle of the former military man and Lula’s main opponent in the elections.
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