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Brazil's Lula quits presidential race, Haddad to run instead

Sep 12, 2018 - 10:02 AM

The decision comes less than two weeks after Brazil's Superior Electoral Tribunal ruled that the popular but polarizing former president cannot run while serving his 12-year prison sentence

Knife attack set to boost Bolsonaro's Brazil presidential bid

Sep 08, 2018 - 9:44 AM

Right-wing Brazilian election front-runner Jair Bolsonaro leads the presidential race against jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva after surviving a knife attack by an activist

epa04149938 Legislator Jair Bolsonaro, who supports the dictatorship, participates in a session held at Chamber of Legislators in Brasilia, Brazil, 01 April 2014. Brazilian Chamber of Legislators abruptly stoped the session in rejection of the 50 year anniversary of the military coup at the moment that Bolsonaro wanted to start his speech. Members of Parliament jeered at him and turned their backs in way of protest. EPA/FERNANDO BIZERRA JR.

Attacker stabs Brazil's right-wing presidential frontrunner

Sep 07, 2018 - 10:10 AM

(UPDATED) Images shared on social media and Brazilian television show Jair Bolsonaro being carried on the shoulders of a throng of supporters, before a man lunges at his stomach

Lula appeals to UN in desperate bid to gain access to election

Sep 04, 2018 - 4:43 PM

The appeal will be accompanied by a request to suspend Friday's decision by the Superior Electoral Court to prevent Lula from running for a potential third term as president because he is serving a 12-year jail sentence for accepting a bribe

APPEALING TO THE UN. Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a rally in his support by trade unionists and members of social movements in Sao Paulo, Brazil on January 24, 2018. File photo by Miguel Schincariol

Imprisoned Lula registers Brazil presidential candidacy

Aug 16, 2018 - 3:28 PM

'I registered my candidacy for the presidency of the republic...certain that I can do a lot to pull Brazil from one of its worst crises in history,' Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says in a letter

NEW CANDIDATE? This file photo shows Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva amid supporters as he arrives at a Federal Justice Court in Curitiba, Brazil for a hearing with senior 'Lava Jato' (operation Car Wash) Judge Sergio Moro, on May 10, 2017. File photo by Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula/AFP

Presidential debate showcases divided Brazil

Aug 10, 2018 - 12:45 PM

(UPDATED) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's enforced absence due to his corruption conviction casts a shadow, given his stunning lead in the polls

DEBATE. Composition made with pictures of Brazilian presidential candidates (top L-R) Alvaro Dias (Podemos), Marina Silva (Rede), Guilherme Boulos (PSOL), Henrique Meirelles (MDB) and (bottom L-R) Cabo Daciolo (Patriota), Geraldo Alkmin (PSDB), Ciro Gomes (PDT) and Jair Bolsonaro (PSL), taken during their participation in the first presidential debate ahead of the October 7 general election, at Bandeirantes television network in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on August 9, 2018. Photo by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Lula risks jail in coming weeks after Brazil court ruling

Mar 07, 2018 - 10:53 AM

The decision by the Superior Court of Justice adds a new layer of uncertainty to the campaign for Brazil's October presidential election, in which former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is the current frontrunner

Centrists struggle in polarized Brazil ahead of polls

Dec 09, 2017 - 3:16 PM

Will breaking from the government and naming Geraldo Alckmin persuade voters that the PSDB can bring a fresh start?

DEFIANT. A hand out picture released by Instituto Lula showing Brazil's former president (2003-2010) Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva amid supporters while arrives at a Federal Justice Court in Curitiba, Brazil for a hearing with senior 'Lava Jato' (operation Car Wash) Judge Sergio Moro, on May 10, 2017. Ricardo Stuckert/Instituto Lula/AFP

Brazil's Lula launches unlikely bid to retake presidency

Aug 18, 2017 - 1:33 PM

The presidential election won t take place until October 2018 and the many potential candidates are still keeping below the radar Campaigning is not even officially allowed

LULA. Brazil's former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during the second congress of the IndustriALL Global Union in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 4, 2016. File photo by Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Brazilian right wing firebrand pushes presidential bid

Aug 11, 2017 - 10:09 AM

Although official campaigning is not yet permitted for the October 2018 presidential polls Jair Bolsonaro calls a campaign like press conference at a Rio hotel to lay out his deeply conservative vision and mock his liberal critics

PRESIDENTIAL BID. Brazilian deputy Jair Bolsonaro looks on during a press conference he called to announce his intention to run for the Brazilian presidency in the October 2018 presidential election, at a hotel in Rio de Janeiro on August 10, 2017. Photo by Apu Gomes/AFP

Political killings overshadow Brazilian elections

Sep 29, 2016 - 2:25 PM

Analysts say that a recent spate of killings points to a darker political shift in Rio the second biggest city in Latin America s leading economy as police linked militias muscle in

People attend the funeral of Marcos Vieira de Souza, known as Falcon, the president of the Portela samba school and a Progressive Party (PP) candidate for Rio de Janeiro city councillor, at the Jardim da saudade cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on September 27, 2016. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Brazil's Rousseff, a fighter who held on for new term

Oct 27, 2014 - 8:10 AM

Rousseff 66 is known as a no nonsense manager with a commanding grasp of even the smallest policy details who upbraids her ministers in public when they fall short of her standards

WAVING. Brazilian President and candidate for the re-election, Dilma Rousseff, waves to photographers shortly after voting at a polling station in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 26 October 2014. Neco Varella/EPA

Rousseff calls for 'unity, dialogue' after Brazil win

Oct 27, 2014 - 7:03 AM

UPDATED Rousseff who had 51 45 of the vote with 98 of ballots counted is declared the run off winner

ROUSEFF WINS. Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff gives a thumbs up shortly after voting at a polling station in Porto Alegre, Brazil, 26 October 2014. Neco Varella/EPA

Divided Brazil votes for next president

Oct 26, 2014 - 9:02 AM

It s President Dilma Rousseff vs Brazilian Social Democracy Party presidential bet Aecio Neves

FINAL DEBATE. President Dilma Rousseff (R) and Brazilian Social Democracy Party presidential bet Aecio Neves shake hands before the start of a television debate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 24, 2014. Photo by Christophe Simon/AFP

Brazil poll rivals clash over corruption claim

Oct 25, 2014 - 1:53 PM

The last debate between incumbent President Dilma Rousseff and challenger Aecio Neves before Sunday s run off election was heated from the start

FINAL DEBATE. President Dilma Rousseff (R) and Brazilian Social Democracy Party presidential bet Aecio Neves shake hands before the start of a television debate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on October 24, 2014. Christophe Simon/AFP

Rousseff leads by whisker in latest Brazil polls

Oct 21, 2014 - 8:38 AM

The polls by Datafolha and MDA consulting saw Rousseff just edging ahead for the first time since the October 5 first round

FINAL SHOWDOWN. Brazilian presidential candidates, incumbent Dilma Rousseff (L, taken in Brasilia, 7 Oct 2014) and Aecio Neves (R, taken in Sao Paulo, 6 Oct 2014). AFP/Evaristo Sa/Nelsn Almeida

Brazil elections: Rousseff, Neves gear up for final vote

Oct 19, 2014 - 10:50 AM

The contest has developed into the closest fought in a generation as Neves scion of a political dynasty looks to unseat Rousseff whose Workers Party PT has been in power for 12 years

Dilma Rousseff (L, taken in Brasilia, 7 Oct 2014) and Aecio Neves (R, taken in Sao Paulo, 6 Oct 2014). AFP/Evaristo Sa/Nelsn Almeida

Brazil's Neves wins Silva endorsement in vote battle with Rousseff

Oct 13, 2014 - 7:20 AM

Rousseff and Neves are battling to run Latin America s largest country of 202 million which is also the world s seventh largest economy

Aecio Neves during an election campaign rally in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 09 October 2014. Antonio Lacerda/EPA

Brazil President Rousseff trailing in latest poll

Oct 10, 2014 - 8:35 AM

Neves who upset predictions to eliminate environmentalist and early front runner Marina Silva in Sunday s first round was polling 46 to 44 for Rousseff according to polls

Presidential candidate for the Brazilian Workers' Party and current President Dilma Rousseff (R) greets Brazilian Social Democracy Party candidate Aecio Neves before a television debate in Sao Paulo, Brazil on August 26, 2014. Rousseff and Neves will face on October 26 run-off. Miguel Schincariol/AFP

Beaten Silva party backs Brazil challenger Neves

Oct 09, 2014 - 7:49 AM

The national executive committee of Silva s Socialist Party PSB cast 21 votes in favor of Neves against one for Rousseff and 7 for a neutral stance during a meeting in Brasilia

Brazil's presidential candidate for the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB), Aecio Neves, attends a campaign meeting with female supporters in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on September 17, 2014. Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazil elections most talked about in Facebook history

Oct 07, 2014 - 7:36 AM

Facebook: From the official start of the electoral campaign on June 5 to today Monday October 6 we have 346 million exchanges It s an impressive number

THREE-WAY RACE. The three leading candidates in the Brazil election (L-R): Marina Silva, Dilma Rousseff, and Aecio Neves. Silva photo by Percio Campos/EPA; Rousseff, Neves photos by Nelson Almeida/AFP

Brazilians re-elect clown with 1 million votes

Oct 06, 2014 - 1:28 PM

The ballot for Sunday s elections featured 5 Barack Obamas 3 Osama Bin Ladens a Jesus a Wonder Woman a Brazilian 007 a Hamburger Face a Rambo and a Crazy Dick

File photo from 22 September 2010, which shows Brazilian clown Tiririca during one of his campaign's acts for federal deputy in the south area of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Sebastião Moreira/EPA

Race to reach Brazil runoff vote goes down to wire

Oct 05, 2014 - 11:01 AM

Silva who once looked set to become Brazil s first black president has slipped behind Aecio Neves for the first time

In this file photo, Brazilian presidential and vice presidential candidates for the Socialist Party (PSB) Eduardo Campos (L) and Marina Silva (R) speak during their candidacy pre-launch ceremony in Brasilia on April 14, 2014. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Marina Silva drops to third in last Brazil opinion poll

Oct 04, 2014 - 11:44 PM

The final poll by the National Transport Confederation gives President Dilma Rousseff 40 6 with Social Democrat Aecio Neves on 24 and popular environmentalist Marina Silva on 21 4

THIRD. In this file photo, Brazilian presidential candidate Marina Silva of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB), gestures as she speaks during her campaign event in Recife, Brazil, September 29, 2014. Percio Campos/EPA

Rising Rousseff ramps up Brazil election offensive

Sep 30, 2014 - 9:22 AM

Rousseff came out fighting against her main rival environmentalist Marina Silva in the next to last debate before Sunday s October 5 first round of voting

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff waves during a campaign rally in Sao Paulo Brazil on September 29, 2014. Nelson Almeida/AFP

In tight Brazil race, candidates avoid moral quagmires

Sep 19, 2014 - 11:25 PM

As the battle for Brazil s presidency heats up the leading candidates – determined not to scare voters away – are steering clear of divisive social issues such as gay marriage and abortion

Brazilian presidential candidates Aecio Neves, Marina Silva, and Brazilian President and candidate Dilma Rousseff participate in a televised debate organized by the Episcopal Conference in Aparecida, Brazil, 16 September 2014, prior to the presidential elections to be held on 05 October. Sebastiao Moreira/EPA

Brazil elections: Rousseff dips in latest poll amid likely dead heat

Sep 17, 2014 - 3:34 PM

The candidates also hold the latest in a series of televised debates characterized by their steering clear of controversial social issues such as abortion or gay marriage

Brazilian presidential candidates Aecio Neves, Marina Silva, and Brazilian President and candidate Dilma Rousseff participate in a televised debate organized by the Episcopal Conference in Aparecida, Brazil, 16 September 2014, prior to the presidential elections to be held on 05 October. Sebastiao Moreira/EPA

Moody's negative on Brazil in new blow to Rousseff

Sep 10, 2014 - 7:43 AM

As the country prepares to go to the polls on October 5 Moody s warns that sustained low growth and worsening debt metrics could see Brazil s credit rating cut

Aerial view of Christ the Redeemer statue, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, taken on June 26, 2014. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Brazil election: Latest poll cements Silva's frontrunner status

Sep 04, 2014 - 8:56 AM

A survey for polling firm Ibope predicts Socialist Party PSB candidate Marina Silva would beat the Workers Party s PT Dilma Rousseff by 46 to 39 in a second round run off after the opening round of voting on October 5

FRONTRUNNER. Marina Silva (C), presidential candidate for the Brazilian Socialist Party, walks at the Rocinha favela during her political campaign in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 30, 2014. Yasuyoshi Chiba/AFP

Brazil incumbent goes on offensive in presidential debate

Sep 02, 2014 - 9:20 AM

In the second debate between the main candidates ahead of the October 5 first round vote Dilma Rousseff sought to come off the ropes three days after Brazil entered recession

Brazilian presidential candidates Dilma Rousseff of Partido de los Trabajadores (PT), Eduardo Jorge, of Partido Verde (PV), Luciana Genro, of Partido Socialismo y Libertad (PSOL), Aecio Neves of Social Democracia Brasilena (PSDB), Marina Silva of Partido Socialista Brasileno (PSB), Everaldo Pereira of Partido Social Cristiano (PSC) and Levy Fidelix of partido Renovador Laborista Brasileno (PRTB), prior to the televised presidential candidates' debate ahead of the 05 October presidential elections in the country, in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 01 September 2014. EPA/Sebastiao Moreira

Brazil Socialists pick new candidate, target Rousseff

Aug 21, 2014 - 10:01 AM

Eduardo Campos s death has radically transformed the outlook for the October vote possibly setting up Marina Silva to unseat incumbent Dilma Rousseff in a runoff

In this file photo, Brazilian presidential and vice presidential candidates for the Socialist Party (PSB) Eduardo Campos (L) and Marina Silva (R) speak during their candidacy pre-launch ceremony in Brasilia on April 14, 2014. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Silva could win Brazil vote after running mate's death – poll

Aug 19, 2014 - 7:28 AM

Marina Silva was the late Eduardo Campos s vice presidential running mate and is widely expected to be chosen to replace him at the top of the ticket

In this file photo, Brazilian presidential and vice presidential candidates for the Socialist Party (PSB) Eduardo Campos (L) and Marina Silva (R) speak during their candidacy pre-launch ceremony in Brasilia on April 14, 2014. Evaristo Sa/AFP

Thousands mourn Brazil presidential candidate Campos

Aug 18, 2014 - 7:47 AM

UPDATED Eduardo Campos 49 died when his campaign jet slammed into houses in Santos city in bad weather on Wednesday August 13

GOODBYE. The family of late presidential candidate Eduardo Campos react during his veiling ceremony at Palacio das Princesas, headquarters of state Government of Pernambuco in Recife, Brazil, 17 August 2014. Fernando Bizerra Jr/EPA

Economic worries trounce World Cup shame in Brazil election

Jul 10, 2014 - 1:47 PM

Analysts say President Dilma Rousseff s hopes of re election in October will depend on how voters feel about their wallets not a football match

ELECTION HORROR AHEAD? In this photo, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff (C) reacts during the FIFA World Cup 2014 group A preliminary round match between Brazil and Croatia at the Arena Corinthians in Sao Paulo, Brazil, 12 June 2014. Sebastiao Moreira/EPA

Brazil launches election campaign amid World Cup fever

Jul 07, 2014 - 9:24 AM

The continent sized nation of 200 million – currently hosting the world s biggest sporting event – will hold elections for the presidency Congress state governorships and state legislatures in October

SEEKING SECOND TERM. In this file photo, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff delivers a speech at Planalto Palace in Brasilia, on June 16, 2014. Evaristo Sa/AFP