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Canada Brazil: Back on the political scene, former President Lula at the head of the polls

08:50  14 may  2021
08:50  14 may  2021 Source:   rfi.fr

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Former Brazilian President President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's convictions were annulled earlier this week, effectively restoring his political rights — a decision he hailed on Monday as "recognition that we have always been right in this long legal battle.".

A Brazilian Supreme Court judge has cancelled all sentences against the country's former leftist president , Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, restoring his political rights to run again for office ahead of next year's election. Supreme Court judge Edson Fachin ruled on Monday that the 13th Federal Court of Curitiba, which had convicted Lula of money laundering and corruption, actually had no jurisdiction over the cases. The judge's decision was procedural and didn't focus on the validity of the earlier cases against Lula . A lower court will now have to decide if he should be retried on those charges.

L'ancien président brésilien Lula fait la course en tête dans les sondages. © Sergio Lima AFP / file The former Brazilian President Lula is running in the surveys.

Former Brazilian President Lula is back on the political scene, and he cares at the head of the polls. And that, while the current Head of State Jair Bolsonaro is in difficulty, on the sidelines of a parliamentary commission on his very polemical health policy in the midst of the CVIV-19 crisis.

of our correspondent to Sao Paulo, Martin Bernard

18 points ahead in the first round, 23 to the second. Lula dug the gap into a last datafolha survey. The Left Distance candidate The extreme right president. Certainly, the presidential election will take place only October of next year, but Jair Bolsonaro seems in bad posture.

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Former Brazilian leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, a top contender to win next year’s presidential election, was convicted on corruption charges on Wednesday and sentenced to nearly 10 years in prison. The ruling marked a stunning fall for Lula , one of the country’s most popular politicians, and a With Lula ‘s swagger setting the tone, Brazil sought to shrug off northern economic and political hegemony and engage in global problems, like Middle East peace and the standoff over Iran’s nuclear program. Former U.S. President Barack Obama once labeled him the most popular politician on earth.

Former president Lula de Silva was leading in early polling in the Brazilian election, but is most likely going to be watching the campaign through prison bars. The Porto Alegre's Regional Court rejected former Brazilian president Lula de Silva’s appeal on Monday, yet another decision against the leader of the Workers’ Party (PT) after a similar ruling from the Superior Court of Justice earlier this month. As a result – and despite leading in the polls for the presidential election later this year – Lula ’s immediate future seems to be in prison. His last hope rests in the arms of a Federal Supreme Court

Its management of the pandemic is very unpopular. Brazil is the most endangered country in the world after the United States, and less than 10% of the population has been vaccinated to date.

This crisis is currently spent at the end comb by an commission of inquiry into Senate , with several embarrassing revelations: the government has ignored for two months a proposal to sell vaccines from the manufacturer Pfizer, last year. And today, Brazil suffers from a shortage of vaccines ... it only increases the unpopularity of the head of state.

54% of the Brazilians say they would vote for Jair Bolsonaro under any circumstances, while Lula, he, is rejected by 36% of respondents. Once again, it's a difference of 18 points.

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