In this week’s issue: The most important facts of the week. Fernando Haddad polls at 15% once voters know he’s Lula’s understudy.
The week in review
- Stock market. Two events rocked the stock market this week. The first was a report from G1 that the São Paulo State Prosecution Office is considering filing charges against center-right presidential candidate Geraldo Alckmin, suspected of having pocketed BRL 10m in illegal campaign donations. The other was a poll by XP/Ipespe published on Friday showing Fernando Haddad, Lula’s fill-in candidate, polling as high as 15% (more below).
- Lula 1. The destiny of former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva at the Superior Electoral Court is in the hands of Justice Luís Roberto Barroso, a fervent supporter of Brazil’s Clean Slate Law – which prohibits candidates from seeking public office after multiple corruption convictions. In January, Lula was convicted for corruption and money laundering by a court of appeals.
- Lula 2. Still, the former president gained an ally: the UN human rights committee, which ruled on Friday that he cannot