The Canadian pop icon released the video for "Hold On," which essentially is a high-end supercut of Toronto Maple Leafs highlights. Lula, who led Brazil from tohas emerged as a leading contender to face the far-right incumbent next year after a Supreme Court justice annulled his convictions on Monday and reinstated his political rights. In his first comments since the ruling, Lula, 75, gave a scathing take-down of Bolsonaro's management of the economy and signature policies.
He was especially biting on Bolsonaro's handling of the coronavirus pandemic, which has killed more thanjennifer et body slim down in Brazil — the second-highest death toll worldwide, after the United States. Recent opinion polls suggest he is the best-placed politician to unseat Bolsonaro in the October elections. He spent more than 18 months in prison, before being released in pending appeal.
Campaign launch in all but nameLula called himself the victim of "the biggest judicial lie in years," repeating his claim that the graft charges against him were fabricated to sideline him from the presidential race, paving the way for Bolsonaro's victory.
He said he planned to "fight tirelessly" for Brazil and that he wanted to resume touring the country once he is vaccinated against Covid next week. But he declined to say whether he would run in the elections, saying, "My head doesn't have time to think about a candidacy now. Lula is still seen as a hero on the left, which argues he was the victim of a conspiracy.
Supporters point to the fact that the lead judge in the anti-corruption probe that ensnared him, Sergio Moro, went on to accept the post of justice minister under Bolsonaro, and that hacked phone messages suggest Moro conspired with prosecutors to ensure Lula was sidelined.
Lula still faces a series of corruption and influence-peddling charges, including the ones he was jailed for, which will now be transferred to a federal court in Brasilia.
But it may already be too late for other courts to rule him out of the race, said FRANCE 24's Vickery: "In order for him to lose his political rights again he would have to be convicted and then lose again on appeal, and there may not be time for that to happen before the next presidential campaign in October of next year.