In Brazil, jailed former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has formally registered as the Workers’ Party candidate for president, even as Brazil’s electoral court threatens to invalidate his candidacy. Lula is currently in jail serving a 12-year sentence on a corruption conviction his party says was politically motivated. Polls show him as the front-running candidate for the October presidential elections. On Wednesday, 10,000 of Lula’s supporters marched through the streets of the capital, Brasilia. Among them, former President Dilma Rousseff and current vice-presidential candidate Fernando Haddad.
Dilma Rousseff: “Today we won with our strength, our conviction and with the certainty that Lula is innocent.”
Fernando Haddad: “We know about the framing of Lula. We know that the trial, which from the start looked to take Lula out of the presidential campaign, is a sham trial, a trial in which no crime was proved, much less a single shred of evidence against President Lula.”