Former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio da Silva, known as Lula, had been charged with corruption. Three judges confirmed the initial verdict and increased his sentence from nine to 12 years. Ahead of the decision, Lula rallied his supporters.
With a tribunal deadline looming, the Workers Party in Brazil has named former President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva's running mate Fernando Haddad as their presidential candidate. Lula was ruled unable to run from prison.
It was billed as a sign of social democratic solidarity in times of rising right-wing populism: The former leader of Germany's SPD has paid a surprise, and controversial, visit to Brazil's jailed ex-President Lula.
Brazil's electoral court has voted to bar ex-president Lula da Silva from running in October's election. Lula was considered the front-runner, despite currently serving a 12-year prison sentence for fraud.
Electoral authorities have to determine if the embattled ex-president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva's controversial candidacy is legal, given his criminal conviction. Lula is the current frontrunner in the October elections.
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