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Lula Banned From Brazil Presidential Race by Election Court

  • Brazil’s electoral court votes 6-1 to reject candidacy
  • Legal alternatives to be presented to Lula Monday, Haddad says
A demonstration in support of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Curitiba, Brazil, on Aug. 30.

A demonstration in support of Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva in Curitiba, Brazil, on Aug. 30.

Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg
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Brazil’s imprisoned Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has been banned from running for president in October after months of commotion that had tainted what is already the most unpredictable election in decades.

In a 6-1 ruling, the country’s top electoral court decided that Lula’s candidacy cannot stand, given his 12-year sentence for corruption and money-laundering by an appeals court earlier this year. Brazil’s currency and equity markets gained in anticipation of the decision as investors wary of a possible Lula comeback gained hope. In a note published after the ruling, the Workers’ Party said it would appeal.