What Happened: Brazil's Superior Electoral Court has rejected former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's attempt to register himself as a candidate in the country's upcoming presidential elections, CartaCapital reported Sept. 3. Da Silva's party, the Workers' Party, must announce a new candidate within 10 days of the Aug. 31 ruling.
Why It Matters: Because da Silva is unable to run, his party will almost certainly nominate former Sao Paulo Mayor Fernando Haddad for president.
Background: Many opinion polls suggest that da Silva, who is serving a 12-year sentence for a corruption conviction, would be a frontrunner for the presidency if he were allowed to contest the election.
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