Brazil's electoral court barrs ex-President Lula from contesting in next election

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The 2010 "Clean Slate" law prevents any candidate who has had a conviction upheld from running for office for eight years.

While casting the final vote to nail the coffin on Da Silva's Presidential ambition, Supreme Court Justice Luis Roberto Barroso said the law was simple and clear; it forbids candidates whose conviction has been upheld on appeal from contesting for public office in Brazil. Polls say the support for his bid as replacement is minimal so far, but da Silva's resilient popularity could boost the former mayor's hopes.

Top electoral court rules jailed former president can not run in October's election because of his graft conviction. U.S. President Barack Obama once called him the "most popular politician on earth". He is the first presidential candidate to be barred from running because of the law. "There is no margin for the electoral court to make another decision".

A driver shows a small doll depicting Brazil's Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, while making the "L" hand sign for Lula, during a protest in front of the Superior Electoral Tribunal, as the trial against the candidacy of the jailed former president continues, in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. "Today is D-Day. As of today, the Workers' Party will switch gears into plan B". Two other justices were still to vote, but only a majority is needed for a ruling.

He said the Workers' Party should replace da Silva in up to 10 days and said he should not appear as a presidential candidate in free airtime that is given to political parties on nationwide TV and radio starting on Saturday.

Lula's social media followers remain upbeat, though.

Lula da Silva has been in prison since he surrendered to federal police in April.

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He is accused of securing lucrative government contracts for one of the country's largest construction companies in exchange for a beachfront apartment.

Lula has said the case amounts to a right-wing coup to keep him from winning the presidency.

Lula is now serving a 12-year sentence for a corruption conviction. "The best way to protect these efforts is through the strict legality and swift resolution of eventual disputes".

Justice Edson Fachin disagreed, citing a recent call by a United Nations human rights committee calling for da Silva to be allowed to run while he further appeals his conviction.

In June, 29 members of the U.S. Congress, including Sen.

He also accused political opponents of convicting him without evidence in an attempt to take him out of the election.

Despite the uncertainty over his ability to stand, Lula now leads polls with more than double the share of his nearest challenger, the right-winger Jair Bolsonaro.

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