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Weekly Report - 11 March 2021 (WR-21-10)

BRAZIL: Shock ruling paves way for Lula presidential bid

Two-times former president Lula da Silva (2003-2011) had his political rights restored on 8 March after a shock ruling by supreme court (STF) justice Luiz Edson Fachin annulled the convictions against him. This means that Lula, who was barred from running in 2018 due to a corruption sentence, could challenge President Jair Bolsonaro’s presumptive re-election bid in Brazil’s 2022 presidential election. Fachin’s ruling has unleashed a whirlwind of speculation over the immediate impacts of a looming Bolsonaro v. Lula electoral battle; it has also precipitated the collapse into disrepute of the now-closed ‘Lava Jato’ (Car Wash) investigation.

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