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Why Lula convictions were quashed. And what happens next

The Supreme Court decision to reinstate Lula's political rights back essentially kicks off the 2022 election ahead of time

Why Lula convictions were quashed. And what happens next
Former President Lula during a December 2019 event. Photo: Ricardo Stuckert/IL

Based on a technicality, a Supreme Court justice in Brazil decided to quash all criminal convictions against former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, sending his cases back to square one. In practice, this means Lula will regain his political rights, three years after having them stripped and being kept out of the 2018 election, despite leading the polls.

The ruling is yet another strategic move from a court which has become known for its highly political decisions. With 19 months to go until the 2022 election, the prospect of a Lula v. Jair Bolsonaro face-off is set to shake...

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