World|politics|August 6, 2018 / 10:33 AM
Brazil ex-president nominated for poll despite jail term

AKIPRESS.COM - Former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has been nominated to run for office again in October's elections despite currently being in jail on a 12-year sentence for corruption, AFP reported.

Some 2,000 members of his Workers Party declared him their candidate by a show of hands in Sao Paulo.

Lula leads most opinion polls but may not be allowed to stand.

He has denied taking bribes and says his conviction is part of a plot to prevent him returning to power.

A message from the former leader was read to party members, many wearing Lula masks, who had gathered for a convention in Brazil's main city.

"They want to scrap the people's right to choose the president," the message said, quoted by AFP.

"They want to create a democracy without the people. We have an enormous responsibility ahead."

The party is not expected to name Lula's running mate until Monday.

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