Brazil on tenterhooks as it awaits Lula appeal verdict

Jan 24, 2018, 6:55 AM EST
Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has set his sight on October elections.
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Brazil has been on tenterhooks as it awaits a historic verdict on whether to uphold the conviction of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on corruption and money laundering charges, a ruling that will change the country’s political landscape.

Lula, who has been awarded nine-and-a-half years' imprisonment, has set his sight on winning the presidential elections later this year, which isn’t a far-fetched dream given that the leader remains a highly popular figure despite taint of corruption, reports The Guardian.

Opinion polls suggest that Lula may comfortably run over his nearest political rival if he succeeds in contesting the elections in October, writes the BBC.

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