Brazilian politician and former union leader Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva could be set for a startling comeback attempt. On March 8, a supreme court judge nullified a series of criminal convictions against the leftist icon and restored his political rights. This move could allow the politician to run in the next year’s presidential election.
Lula said in the Twitter statement, the court ruling ‘affirms the incompetence of the Federal Justice of Curitiba’ and is the recognition he has been correct throughout his long legal battle. President Bolsonaro said he hopes the Supreme Court reverses the ruling, and that the justice to annulled Lula’s convictions always had a strong link to Lula’s Worker’s Party.
“Thomas Traumann, a Rio de Janeiro-based political observer said if the election starts today, it’s virtually impossible for Lula to be a candidate.” “In American terms, it’s going to be like Sanders versus Trump.”
Lula served as a president of Latin America’s largest economy for two terms, between 2003 and 2011. He was jailed on disputed corruption charges, paving the way for Bolsonaro’s landslide victory.
Lula was released from prison in November 2019 after 580 days behind bars but remained unable to seek election after being stripped of his political rights.
Thomas Traumann said Monday’s ruling was an unmistakable turning point and potentially positive for those who wanted to see the back of Bolsonaro, under whose highly controversial watch more than 265,000 Brazilians have lost their lives to Covid-19. “If you are opposed to Bolsonaro, this is good news – because you have a candidate who is undeniably strong, popular, and who can defeat Bolsonaro.”