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Lula officially out of Brazil’s presidential race. What happens now?

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Workers’ Party: “Haddad is Lula”

The worst-kept secret in Brazilian politics is out, as the Workers’ Party have finally announced Fernando Haddad as their official candidate, replacing former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on the ballot from now on. In jail since April 7, serving a 12-year sentence for passive corruption and money laundering, Lula already knew he would not be able to run – although the confirmation only came two weeks ago, and still, his party resisted the change until the last day given by Brazil’s top electoral court.

Insisting with Lula for so long was an obvious decision...

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