Brazil's electoral court to discuss Lula candidacy Friday afternoon

'Most popular politician on earth' barred from running for president

'Most popular politician on earth' barred from running for president

Lula is now serving a 12-year prison sentence for graft and money laundering.

In a session that stretched into the early hours of Saturday, the justices voted 6-1 against the once hugely popular leader, who has been incarcerated since April for accepting a bribe.

Lula's Workers' Party is expected to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court and has until September 17 to replace Lula with another candidate or forfeit the ticket.

Despite this, recent polls reportedly showed that around one-third of Brazilians would back Lula if he were allowed to run, which would make him the front-runner in October's vote. "The party stressed, 'We are going to defend Lula in the streets, along with the people, because he is the candidate of hope".

Lula's left-wing Workers' Party (PT) nevertheless registered him as its presidential candidate for the October 7 vote, given his seemingly unbridled popularity among supporters.

The Supreme Electoral Court barred Lula from running because it would violate an anti-corruption law that the former president himself signed. "It is a political annulment, based on lies and arbitrariness, as done in times of the dictatorship, ' said the text, adding that all recourses will be submitted to the courts so that Lula's political rights can be recognized, as established by law and worldwide treaties ratified by Brazil".

A month before Brazilians go to the polls to vote in a presidential election, Brazil's top electoral court has ruled a popular former president jailed for corruption conviction, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, can not run. The court had also ignored a recommendation by the United Nations Human Rights Committee to restore Lula's political rights which he appeals his conviction, it said.

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Lula da Silva was initially found guilty of the charges in July 2017.

Lula reportedly chose Fernando Haddad, former mayor of São Paulo, to run for the PT should he be prevented from doing so.

Millions of Brazilians still adore him due to the prosperity the country enjoyed under his leadership from 2003 to 2010.

Supporters of the former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva attend a rally in Curitiba, Brazil, on August 30. His closest contender is the far-right former general Jair Bolsonaro on 19 percent.

The court will also decide whether or not polls leader Lula can appear in television commercials that are due to begin circulating on Friday.

Lula's social media followers remain upbeat, though.

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