Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva will stay in this year’s presidential race despite an appeals court ruling upholding his corruption conviction, the Brazilian Workers Party (PT) said on Thursday. The decision was announced by PT National President Gleise Hoffmann during a party committee meeting in São Paulo. Lula attended the meeting. On Wednesday, a federal appeals court unanimously upheld the former president’s conviction on charges including graft and money laundering. Lula can still appeal the ruling to the Brazilian Supreme Court. Brazilians go to the polls to elect a new president in October. Political parties have until August 5 to register candidates. The Supreme Electoral Tribunal has until September 17 to accept or reject the names presented. Under a 2010 law, signed by Lula himself in the last year of his presidency, criminals whose convictions are upheld on appeal are not eligible to run for public office. Lawyers for Lula have said they are confident the Brazilian Supreme Court will overturn Lula’s conviction before September 17.
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