January 25, 2018 / 1:37 PM / a year ago

Brazil's Workers Party backs Lula bid despite ineligibility

FILE PHOTO: Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (R) reacts next to senator Gleisi Hoffmann during a news conference after being convicted on corruption charges, in Sao Paulo, Brazil July 13, 2017. REUTERS/Nacho Doce

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil’s Workers Party said on Thursday that its founder and former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will be its candidate again in the October election, despite losing an appeal against a corruption conviction that will likely bar him.

Party leader Senator Gleisi Hoffmann announced the plan for Lula’s presidential bid at a rally by labour unions. Wednesday’s unanimous ruling against Lula leaves him with little room to appeal to higher courts and electoral authorities are expected to block his candidacy if he registers to run.

Reporting by Eduardo Simões

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