Lula’s Fall Prompts Scramble for Substitute Among Brazil’s Left

BloombergWith diminished odds that Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will run for the presidency after an appeals court upheld his corruption conviction, a host of left-wing candidates are already trying to move in on his patch.

At least half a dozen leftist parties with representatives in Congress are ready to jump into the race as Lula’s candidacy looks set to be banned. That’s double the number in the 2014 race. Even the Communist Party of Brazil, or PCdoB, which has never launched its own presidential candidate before and has always backed Lula since the country’s first free elections in 1989, says its time has come. …

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