Uncategorized Undeterred by failed appeal, Brazil’s da Silva vows to run

Undeterred by failed appeal, Brazil’s da Silva vows to run

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Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is charging ahead with his plans to run for Brazil’s presidency again, even after an appeals court unanimously upheld a graft conviction against him and added years to his prison sentence.

Da Silva was wildly popular as president in 2003-2010 and he has been leading the polls for October’s presidential election. He was defiant in the face of Wednesday’s court ruling.

Speaking to a crowd of supporters, he proclaimed: “I am not worried about whether I will be a candidate for president or not.”

The case alleged that while president, da Silva traded favors in return for the promise of a beachfront apartment. It is just one of a series of graft allegations against him amid a mushrooming corruption scandal roiling Brazil.

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