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.