Courts May Decide Brazil’s Election, Attorney General Warns

BloombergBrazil’s democracy is under strain and this year’s presidential race risks being dragged into a lengthy legal quagmire, the country’s attorney general said in an interview.

Numerous appeals regarding the eligibility of former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva mean the current front-runner in opinion polls is likely to overshadow the elections regardless of whether he can actually run. He may even be on the ballot in October but prohibited from taking office.

“Yes, there is a risk,” said Grace Mendonca, the 49 year-old attorney general said in an interview at the Bloomberg News bureau in Brasilia. “In an ideal world this would be decided quickly, it would be resolved soon, so as to allow for some judicial certainty.” …



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