Brazil's jailed ex-leader Lula barred from election

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Brazil's top electoral court has barred former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva from running for reelection because of a corruption conviction, just weeks before Brazilians go to the polls for a vote in which he was considered a frontrunner despite being in prison.

Mr da Silva, 72, has been incarcerated since April for accepting a bribe, but remained the front runner among Brazilians to win the election. Though the decision was expected, Lula's lawyers have said that they would appeal in the Supreme Court.

Moments later, his Workers' Party vowed to "fight with all means to secure his candidacy".

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 Workers' Party said in a statement: "We will present all the appeals to the courts so that the political rights of Lula, as provided by law and in global treaties ratified by Brazil, are recognized".

"We will present all appeals before the courts for the recognition of the rights of Lula provided by law and worldwide treaties ratified by Brazil", said the party in a statement.

The former leader's attorneys still hope to get the ban overturned by appealing the decision before Brazil's supreme court.

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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.

A driver shows a small doll depicting Brazil's Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, while making the "L" hand sign for Lula, during a protest in front of the Superior Electoral Tribunal, as the trial against the candidacy of the jailed former president continues, in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018.

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

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

From behind bars, the two times former leftist president and union leader is hugely popular and leads polls.

But he is adored by millions of Brazilians due to the prosperity Brazil enjoyed under his leadership from 2003 to 2010. That would seem to leave the party's fortunes in the hands of its current vice presidential candidate Fernando Haddad, a former Sao Paulo mayor who so far has polled in single digits and would have to count on the borrowed charisma of da Silva to succeed. His nearest rival, far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro, has 19 percent.