Brazil’s Lula Names Heir Amid Heated Presidential Campaign

Brazil’s imprisoned leader Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Tuesday endorsed his running mate Fernando Haddad as his party’s presidential candidate after electoral officials barred the leftist icon from running in the October election.

The endorsement came just before the end of a Sept. 11 deadline for the Workers’ Party to name a replacement for Lula, who has been sentenced to over 12 years in prison for corruption and money laundering. According to the country’s “clean slate” law, people with a criminal conviction upheld on appeal cannot run for elected office.

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