Published: Mon, September 03, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Former President Da Silva Barred From Contesting For President

Former President Da Silva Barred From Contesting For President

Brazil's top electoral court has ruled that jailed former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva can not run as a candidate in the presidential election because of his corruption conviction.

Lula 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.

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.

A former metalworker and union leader, he rose through the political ranks to serve two terms as president between 2003 and 2011.

Top electoral court rules jailed former president can not run in October's election because of his graft conviction.

"There is no margin here for the electoral court to make any other evaluation but the one showing there is a conviction, and that conviction matters in the candidate's eligibility", Barroso said.

"We have a clearer picture that Lula's candidacy is doomed", said David Fleischer, a politics professor at the University of Brasilia.

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. "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 social media followers remain upbeat, though.

Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso cast the first vote, saying barring da Silva was "very simple" due to the conviction and upheld the appeal.

Lula da Silva has been in prison since he surrendered to federal police in April.

Lula has said the case amounts to a right-wing coup to keep him from winning the presidency. Lula is the highest-profile figure to be charged in the "carwash" investigation, a sprawling corruption probe that has brought down some of Brazil's most powerful business executives and politicians over the past five years. "The best way to protect these efforts is through the strict legality and swift resolution of eventual disputes".

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

He also accused political opponents of convicting him without evidence in an attempt to take him out of the election. His nearest rival, far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, has 19 per cent.

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