Brazil: Candidate withdraws from next month’s presidential election

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has withdrawn from the presidential elections which are to be held next month.

The leader of the Workers’ Party Gleisi Hoffman announced this decision outside of the police headquarters where the former 72-year-old President is serving a 12 year prison sentence.

Lula wrote a letter to the people who were supporting him, who have been camping outside his cell demanding his release. In his letter he said that he would not be contesting the 7 October election, He said that Fernando Haddad will be contesting in his place.

This decision was taken following a long legal battle, which reached its peak at the end of August when the electoral court said that he cannot contest the presidency. This decision was appealed by the Workers’ Party and a ruling still needs to be handed down by the Supreme Court.