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    Former President of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in an archive image. | Photo: Reuters

Published 11 February 2020
Opinion

"For me to be a candidate, there would have to be an irreversible situation, which would prove that I am the only person capable of winning," he said.

Former Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva has no intention of running for the presidency of Brazil in 2022, the Brazilian politician said Tuesday during an interview with Objetivo channel.

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It would be difficult for him to be a candidate again as the  Workers' Party may have a younger candidate in place already. "I prefer to help prepare someone else in better conditions for the election victory," said Da Silva, who was released from prison on November 8, after 580 days in jail.

"- @_anapastor_: Will you be a candidate again? 
- @LulaOficial_: I can be a candidate if the circumstances force me, but I prefer to work to have a person in better conditions. #ObjectiveLula"
 

"For me to be a candidate, there would have to be an irreversible situation, which would prove that I am the only person capable of winning," he said.

On the willingness of former judge and justice minister Sérgio Moro to run for the presidency of Brazil in 2022, the former president said that "Moro will not be president. If he is a candidate, he will not win."

The ex-magistrate in charge of the anti-corruption operation Lava Jato, who sentenced Lula da Silva to eight years and ten months in prison, does not know about politics, the former president said. "It's one thing to do politics hidden behind a judge's robe and another, way different, to debate," he said.

"I don't rest, and I don't stop. And I am going to continue traveling through Brazil, through the world," Lula said, even though he thinks the fascist right led by President Jair Bolsonaro will put obstacles in his way.

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