Left workers party replaced former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva (Lula Inacio da Silva) on the ex-mayor of são Paulo Fernando Added as their candidate for President in the elections that will take place on 7 October.
After the meeting, workers party officials in the southern city of Curitiba, where da Silva was imprisoned, it was decided that the former mayor of são Paulo Fernando Haddad will be the new candidate of paratii. Its Vice President-candidate will be Manuela D’avila, a member of The Brazilian Communist party, wsoctv reports.
“Fernando Haddad and Manuela D’avila are ready to fight for democracy, aren’t they?”,- wrote on Twitter Paulo Teixeira, Congressman and Vice President of the Workers ‘ party.
This information confirmed that the party could not get permission to participate da Silva in the elections, despite numerous attempts to defend the right of the former head of state to participate in the presidential race.
The party tried to use the decision of the UN human rights Committee, which stated that da Silva should be allowed to participate in the elections. In recent months, several international figures, in particular former us presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, have said that the criminal case against da Silva is questionable and that he should be allowed to participate in the presidential election. In accordance with the laws of the Republic, a person convicted by a court of second instance following a criminal trial may not apply for elected office.
At the moment Da Silva is serving a 12-year sentence on corruption charges. He became the first ex-President of Brazil, who was sentenced to 12 years in criminal proceedings. At the end of January, the court of appeal upheld the politician’s conviction, increasing his sentence from nine years and six months to 12 years and one month.
Da Silva has always denied any allegations, arguing the case, and several others waiting for him, should keep him from voting.
The man who ruled Brazil from 2003 to 2010, led the ratings of popularity among voters, even despite the prison term, but his candidacy was banned by the Supreme electoral court of the country.