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Brazil's jailed former leader Lula ends presidential bid

12 September 2018

Brazil's most popular politician, imprisoned former president, on Tuesday ended his legal battle to run for the top office in next month's election. A letter from him was read out to supporters who have been keeping vigil outside the federal police headquarters where the president maintains his innocence. He was serving a 12-year sentence for a graft conviction and was president from 2003-2010. He is ineligible for office under Brazil's "Clean Slate" law, which prohibits candidates from running if they have convictions that have been upheld on appeal. Support for his running mate, is rising, according to opinion polls released this week.