Lula graft testimony fails to lift his Brazil presidential hopes

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva’s combative testimony before a federal judge this week did little to dismantle the graft case against him and improve his chances of securing a new term in office.

Lula, a founder of the leftist Workers Party (PT) that controlled Brazil’s presidency from 2003 until last year, can only run in next year’s presidential election if he avoids a conviction that is upheld on appeal.

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