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Former Brazilian President Lula “Prepared” To Run Again in 2018

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 12, 2017, 2:48 pm
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Lula believes that Brazilians “are nostalgic” for his presidency (2003-2010), and claims he leads in the polls (Flickr).

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Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva says he is prepared to be a presidential candidate in 2018, despite being under investigation for the Lava Jato corruption scandal.

Lula said he is “willing” to run for the Brazilian presidency in the upcoming elections and assured that “his adversaries are very nervous.”

Lula believes that Brazilians “are nostalgic” for the time in which he was president (2003-2010) and assured that he currently leads the polls.

“What I mean is that if it is necessary, if the PT [Workers’ Party] needs it, I am willing to be a presidential candidate again,” he added.

His statements were in response to new corruption allegations against him.

On Monday, it was announced that Marcelo Odebrecht, the construction company involved in the corruption scandal’s lead executive, told the court that he paid Lula 13 million reais (about US $4.15 million).

Lula defended himself and criticized the leak of “untrue” statements to the press.

Investigations in Brazil have shown that the largest corruption scheme took place under Lula‘s government, where a group of companies benefited from bidding at Petrobras, and those companies paid bribes that went to officials and politicians, reaching up to the highest levels of government.

 

Lula is under investigation in connection with the Lava Jato operation. One investigation is allegedly claims that payments were made for a former Petrobras director’s silence; another is for Operation Zelotes, a framework that favored companies that did not pay taxes, as well as an investigation into influence peddling, and finally for money laundering which allegedly included an apartment on the coast Of Sao Paulo as one of the inducements.

Likewise, Lula is accused of participating in the project of rerouting between 2% and 3% of the value of the contracts signed between state-owned Petrobras and the construction company Odebrecht.

Source: El Nuevo Herald

Sabrina Martín Sabrina Martín

Sabrina Martín is a Venezuelan journalist, commentator, and editor based in Valencia with experience in corporate communication. Follow @SabrinaMartinR.

Ecuador: President Correa Claims Opposition Candidate Lasso Lost 100 Votes in Recount

By: Sabrina Martín - @SabrinaMartinR - Apr 12, 2017, 2:14 pm
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Español Rafael Correa, outgoing president of Ecuador, said that opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso lost 100 votes while ruling party candidate Lenin Moreno gained 143 votes in the recount of the election results. https://twitter.com/MashiRafael/status/851782987511476224 Tweet: 296,340 votes have been recounted until now. Lasso dropped 100 and Lenin increased 143 votes. The election was impeccable, but they... Read More: Moreno Claims Victory over Lasso by Slim Margins, Lasso Campaign Cites Irregularities, Discusses Recount Read More: Ecuador: Lasso and Moreno Close Their Campaigns as Presidential Race Heads to the Wire googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('div-gpt-ad-1459522593195-0'); });   He also said that "the usual ones" want to "stop the citizen's revolution no matter what, and to achieve this they do not hesitate to create a climate like Brazil or Venezuela." https://twitter.com/MashiRafael/status/851783761763209217   Tweet: ...round, they looked ridiculous. The truth is: the usual suspects want the stop the Revolution no matter what... The current Ecuadorian leader's declarations were in response to the National Electoral Council's (CNE) confirmation of the electoral results which declared Moreno as the winner with 51.15% of the votes. According to the CNE, Moreno was elected as president of Ecuador with 5,060,424 votes, while Guillermo Lasso got 48.85% with 4,833,828 votes. Lasso insists that the election was fraudulent and that he is the real winner, so he will challenge the results on Wednesday April 12th. Lasso went into the second round of Ecuador's presidential elections with the wind at his back, in the wake of numerous high-profile endorsements and a campaign that generated enthusiasm among Ecuadorians tired of 10 years under Rafael Correa's Alianza Pais. Yet, Lenin Moreno ran a solid campaign, and had the advantage in polls heading into the April 2 vote. However, exit pollster Cedatos showed Lasso defeating Moreno 53% to 47% on election day, a significant disparity with the official election results. Another Perfiles de Opinion exit poll showed Moreno defeating Lasso 52% to 48%. As Correa tweeted on election night, "Someone's lying." Lasso has argued that an electoral fraud tipped the hotly contested election to Moreno, and he is prepared to challenge the official results in the courts. Sources: El Comercio; La República  

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