Podcast: Brazil’s Lula fights to win back power and keep his freedom
World View podcast also looks at second stage of Brexit negotiations
Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva. File photograph: Ricardo Moraes/File Photo
Former Brazilian president Lula da Silva, a “man of the people” once dubbed “the most popular politician on Earth” by Barack Obama, is barred from contesting the country’s presidential elections in October, after his conviction for corruption was upheld on appeal last week.
Lula, who has two appeals left, has the support of 33 per cent of the electorate and his followers say that is reason enough not to convict him, so that he may run in the election.
If Lula does win the right to stand for election, he will have to face down Brazil’s extreme right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro, a ‘proto-facist’ whose racist and misogynistic statements have not prevented him from finding widespread support.
Also on the podcast, European Affairs Editor Patrick Smyth reports from Brussels, where the mood is one of weary resignation as the EU waits for UK Prime Minister Theresa May to make Britain’s position clear heading into the second stage of Brexit talks.