Brazil electoral court bars Lula from presidential race

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil’s top electoral court ruled on Friday that jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva cannot run in this year’s presidential election due to a corruption conviction.

FILE PHOTO: Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a rally in Curitiba, Brazil, March 28, 2018. REUTERS/Rodolfo Buhrer/File photo

The ruling by a 4-1 majority of the seven-member court removes some doubt about Brazil’s most uncertain election in decades - though Lula’s lawyers have said they would appeal any adverse decision to the Supreme Court.

Reporting by Ricardo Brito and Anthony Boadle; Editing by Kim Coghill

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