(Reuters) – Brazil’s ex-president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva said on Thursday he may run for president again in 2014 if he is needed to prevent the victory of the party that governed before his two-term 2003-2011 presidency.
“The only situation under which I’d be a candidate again is if she (current President Dilma Rousseff) doesn’t want the job,” Lula said on the O Ratinho, or “the Rat” TV show on the country’s SBT network. “I will not permit a member of the PSDB to become president of Brasil again.”
Lula, a former metalworker and union leader, was elected president in 2002 and took over the presidency from Fernando Henrique Cardoso on January 1, 2003. Cardoso is a member of the center-left Brazilian Social Democracy Party, or PSDB.