After Lula candidacy shot down, Brazil party faces replacement dilemma

'Most popular politician on earth' barred from running for president

Brazil court deciding on fate of da Silva's presidential bid

Brazil's top electoral court ruled on Friday that jailed former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva can not run in this year's presidential election due to a corruption conviction.

A supporter of Brazil's Former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, sports a T-shirt with da Silva's image on it during a protest in front of the Superior Electoral Tribunal, as the trial against the candidacy of the jailed former president continues, in Brasilia, Brazil, Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. Two other justices were still to vote, but only a majority is needed for a ruling.

Despite this, recent polls reportedly showed that around one-third of Brazilians would back Lula if he were allowed to run, which would make him the front-runner in October's vote.

He said the Workers' Party should replace da Silva in up to 10 days and said he should not appear as a presidential candidate in free airtime that is given to political parties on nationwide TV and radio starting on Saturday.

Shortly thereafter, the former president's Workers' Party (PT) vowed to "fight with all means" to secure candidacy for the leftist icon.

But Lula and his Workers' Party have lost much of that appeal over the last several years amid a sprawling corruption probe that has ensnared many top businessmen and politicians, including him.

"We will present all appeals before the courts for the recognition of the rights of Lula provided by law and global treaties ratified by Brazil". By law, the former president is barred from running because his conviction has already been upheld by one appeals court.

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Lula's case was a last-minute addition to the court session.

The lone opposing voice during the steamy session Justice Edson Fachin disagreed with his fellow justices, citing a recent call by a United Nations human rights committee calling for Lula to be allowed to run while he further appeals his conviction.

Millions of Brazilians still adore him due to the prosperity the country enjoyed under his leadership from 2003 to 2010.

Lula da Silva was initially found guilty of the charges in July 2017.

With da Silva barred, former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad is seen as his party's likely candidate for the presidency.

Supporters of the former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva attend a rally in Curitiba, Brazil, on August 30.

The end of Lula's candidacy opens the electoral field to runner-up Jair Bolsonaro, a right-wing congressman and former soldier whose platform includes gun legalization and weaker environmental regulations.

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