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Montevideo, April 26th 2018 - 05:39 UTC

Tag: 2018 Brazil Elections

  • Wednesday, April 25th 2018 - 08:15 UTC

    Brazil's Lula gives his party the green light to find a new presidential candidate

    “I want you to feel totally free to take whatever decision you need because 2018 is an important year for the PT, for the left and for democracy,” wrote Lula da Silva

    Brazil's ex-president Lula, who is imprisoned for corruption, on Tuesday gave his Workers' Party (PT) the green light to find a new candidate for the October presidential election in which he remains the frontrunner. “I want you to feel totally free to take whatever decision you need because 2018 is an important year for the PT, for the left and for democracy,” wrote Lula da Silva in a letter to the party leadership.

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  • Tuesday, April 24th 2018 - 08:50 UTC

    Some 15 Brazilian presidential hopefuls have some 160 cases in court, according to Folha de Sao Paulo

    This group is led by Lula who was sentenced to 12 years in jail; president Temer is accused two cases and targeted by two ongoing investigations

    At least 15 of the 20 candidates who might run for president of Brazil in the October elections are targeted in more than 160 cases in courts throughout the country. Cases range from investigations in the Lava Jato operation to traffic offenses, and while in some cases would-be candidates are still only under investigation, in others they are either accused, or defendants, or have been sentenced – one of them was even arrested: former president Lula da Silva (PT), who is currently leading the poles.

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  • Saturday, April 14th 2018 - 11:08 UTC

    Brazil's Attorney General charges presidential candidate with racism

    Attorney General Raquel Dodge charged Jair Bolsonaro for statements comparing members of rural settlements founded by the descendants of slaves to animals

    One of the front-runners in Brazil's presidential campaign was charged with racism on Friday by the country's top prosecutor. Attorney General Raquel Dodge charged conservative deputy Jair Bolsonaro for statements comparing members of rural settlements founded by the descendants of slaves to animals. Members of the settlements are called “quilombolas” in Brazil.

  • Friday, April 6th 2018 - 16:23 UTC

    Lula resists arrest deadline waiting for last minute habeas corpus filed at an appeals court

    Lula spent the night at the São Bernardo do Campo Metalworker's Union in the company of his sons, friends and party leaders

    Former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva told Folha de Sao Paulo early Friday that he has decided not to turn himself at the Federal Police in Curitiba where he must serve a 12-year prison sentence for corruption, as ordered by judge Sergio Moro.

  • Thursday, April 5th 2018 - 09:16 UTC

    Supreme Court rejects Lula's petition: must start prison term

    By 6 votes to 5, the court gave its negative verdict to the habeas corpus presented by the defense, which argued that Lula should not yet comply with the sentence

    The Supreme Federal Court of Brazil (STF) decided to reject the judicial appeal filed by former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva to appeal while in freedom to a sentence for corruption that remains pending, so the former president should enter the prison and begin compliance of the sentence.

  • Monday, April 2nd 2018 - 06:01 UTC

    Brazil Finance minister Meirelles expected to announce this week his presidential bid

    Under Brazil's electoral laws, if Meirelles plans to be a presidential candidate, he has to resign from the government post by April 7.

    Brazil's Finance Minister, Henrique Meirelles, will step down from the government this week and join the ranks of the ruling Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, senior government officials said. The news of Meirelles' move was broken by the government's chief of staff, Eliseu Padilha.

  • Thursday, February 8th 2018 - 09:37 UTC

    Brazilian ex president Collor de Mello throws hit hat into the ring

    Senator Fernando Collor de Mello, Brazil’s president from 1990-1992, had to resign shortly before being impeached on corruption charges.

    Among the many possible contenders for Brazil’s next president are an ex-army captain, a TV presenter and a former head of state who may be in jail by the time of the election. Now, another eye-catching candidate has thrown his hat into the ring: Fernando Collor de Mello, Brazil’s president from 1990-1992, when he resigned shortly before being impeached on corruption charges.

  • Thursday, February 8th 2018 - 09:17 UTC

    Brazil's central bank beats inflation and recession: eyes now on the presidential election

    The central bank lowered the Selic rate by 0.25 percentage point, its 11th consecutive cut aimed at helping Brazil emerge from a stifling two-year recession.

    Brazil’s central bank cut its benchmark interest rate on Wednesday to a new low of 6.75%, but hinted it was now done with a historic easing cycle. The bank lowered the Selic rate by 0.25 percentage point, its 11th consecutive cut aimed at helping Latin America’s largest economy emerge from a stifling two-year recession.

  • Saturday, February 3rd 2018 - 10:37 UTC

    Federal Judge orders authorities to return the passport of ex president Lula

    Lula’s plan to travel to Addis Ababa “was justified by a previously set professional commitment” and the trip would not have interfered with court proceedings

    A Brazilian federal judge ruled on Friday that authorities must return the passport of former President Lula da Silva, seized last week on the order of another court after his conviction for corruption was upheld on appeal. Lawyers for Lula, who governed from 2003-2011, handed over the passport to Brazil’s Federal Police on Jan. 26.

  • Monday, January 22nd 2018 - 23:26 UTC

    No matter what, Brazil's 2018 election will be controversial

    Lula could be barred from the 2018 election. Photo: Ricardo Stuckert/IL

    Brazil will head to the polls on October 7 in what is set to be the most polarizing presidential race in living memory. While the final ballot is beginning to take shape, there is still a question mark over the candidacy of former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (Workers’ Party), who may be ineligible to run after his impending appeals court decision on charges of corruption. The imbroglio surrounding Lula guarantees that however the 2018 election turns out, both sides will feel they have reason to call foul play.

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