Lula is officially back to presidential elections

Lula has governed Brazil for two terms, but was barred from the 2018 election following a criminal conviction. He now vies for a comeback of ages

lula The 2022 presidential election will be Lula's sixth bid. Photo: Ricardo Stucker/PT
The 2022 presidential election will be Lula’s sixth bid. Photo: Ricardo Stuckert/PT

The center-left Workers’ Party on Thursday officially confirmed the presidential nomination of its figurehead, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, for the 2022 election. It will be his sixth time running, out of nine presidential races since Brazil’s return to democracy in the 1980s. After finishing as the runner-up in his three first attempts, Lula scored massive runoff wins in 2002 and 2006. 

He now hopes to extend the winning streak against incumbent President Jair Bolsonaro. All polls suggest he would score a resounding victory over Mr. Bolsonaro if the elections were held today.

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