BRASÍLIA AND SÃO PAULO – The Electoral Higher Courted barred Luís Inácio Lula da Silva (PT) from running again for president in the next general elections. In a session that went on until Saturday's early morning (1st), the court decided to bar the former president's candidacy by six votes to one. The decision was based on the Clean Record Act.
Reviewer Luís Roberto Barroso's opinion was against the candidacy. Justices Jorge Mussi, Og Fernandes, Admar Gonzaga, Tarcísio Vieira and court president Rosa Weber also voted against Lula.
Justice Edson Fachin acknowledged Lula's ineligibility but voted for the candidate's filing due to a previous request from the U.N. Human Rights Committee.
Lula's defense attorneys said that they will "present all possible appeals". The former president has been convicted for corruption and money laundering.
The Worker's Party has been given ten days to replace Lula. He can't be shown as a candidate in TV and radio spots.
Allies of Fernando Haddad, the VP candidate, and former São Paulo mayor, say Lula should be immediately replaced in the ticket.
Translated by NATASHA MADOV
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