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Lula's Prior Candidacy Will Be Launched on Sunday Throughout Brazil

The prior presidential candidacy of  the embattled Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, will be launched next Sunday in nearly 3,000 Brazilian municipalities The prior presidential candidacy of the embattled Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, will be launched next Sunday in nearly 3,000 Brazilian municipalities
Brasilia, May 25 (Prensa Latina) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva''s prior presidential candidacy will be launched on Sunday in the nearly 3,000 Brazilian municipalities where the Workers'' Party (PT) has organized directories.
It was Lula himself who ruled that on May 27 in every Brazilian city where the party is arranged, there be ratified that the PT has only one candidate for the October elections, said federal lawmaker Wadih Damous shortly after visiting yesterday the former dignitary in Curitiba, where he is serving his sentence as a political prisoner.

It matters little if each act brings together five, 10, or 500 people. The important thing is the sum, in all Brazil, of each of these actions 'to make clear that Lula is our candidate for President of the Republic,' the legislator insisted.

Damous told the militants that since April 7 remain in the democratic vigil Free Lula, in the surroundings of the Superintendence of Federal Police (PF) in Curitiba, and that the former dignitary is in a good mood, but also he feels outraged due to the persecution of which it is victim by the Judicial Power.

The ex President's indignation - Damous explained - is because the judges were very fast condemning him, but the appeals lodged to the Superior Court of Justice (STJ) and the Supreme Federal Court (STF) are shelved.

The Judiciary continues to persecute him and undermines his attempt to defend himself and show that he is innocent, the PT lawmaker stressed.

In statements to a television broadly issued yesterday, the president of the Supreme Court of Brazil, Cármen Lúcia, admitted that Lula's presidential candidacy cannot be prevented in advance, as defended by several members of the Superior Electoral Tribunal (TSE).

'Applicants to an elective office have the right to request the registration of their candidacy and go to the Electoral Justice to try to guarantee their entry into the dispute', even when they are condemned by a collegial body, the minister assured in a statement to a broadcaster disseminated by local media.

The official of the Supreme Federal Court insisted on the impossibility of excluding 'immediately' from the presidential elections in October to Lula, 'without the right of defense being taken into account.'

According to a survey carried out by the MDA Pesquisa Institute between May 9 and 11 in 137 municipalities throughout the country, for over a quarter of Brazilian voters, the ex President who is currently a political prisoner is the only candidate in which they would vote in next October.

The poll corroborated that, still imprisoned; the historic leader of the PT continues to comfortably be the front runner and would win in the first round with double the support of his main adversary, the extreme-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro.

In a stimulated scenario, Lula would be supported by 32.4 percent of voters and Bolsonaro by 16.7. Then, they would be followed by the former presidential candidate Marina Silva (7,6 percent), the representative of the Labor Democratic Party, Ciro Gomes (5,4) and the former governor of São Paulo Geraldo Alckmin (4,0).

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