In Brazil, Former President Lula da Silva Running For New Term Despite Corruption Woes?

Sarah Berger – International Business Times, 02/29/2016

Brazil’s former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said he would be willing to seek another term in 2018 and would put himself forward as a candidate “if necessary,” the Associated Press reported Monday.  While Lula will be 72  by the time of the next election, during his speech Saturday in Rio de Janeiro commemorating 36 years of the governing Workers’ Party, he said he still has the “desire of a 32-year-old to be president of the republic.”

While Lula had high approval ratings in 2010,  the end of his two-term limit, the former president has since been plagued by scandal, resulting in a sharp drop in his poll ratings. Lula is being investigated on the heels of a corruption scandal at state-led oil company Petroleo Brasileiro SA and has been notified that Brazilian courts plan to subpoena his bank, telephone and financial records.

 “If this is the price people must pay to prove their innocence, I’ll do it,” Lula said Saturday, referring to the subpoenas, Reuters reported. “The only thing I want is that afterward they give me a good conduct certificate, because I doubt there is anyone more honest than I am in the country.”

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