September 6, 2018 / 9:32 PM / 16 days ago

Brazil top court judge rejects motion to maintain Lula's candidacy

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Celso de Mello on Thursday rejected a motion to maintain jailed former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva’s bid to run for president, court documents seen by Reuters showed.

FILE PHOTO: Former Brazil's President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks during a national congress of Communist Party of Brazil in Brasilia, Brazil, November 19, 2017. REUTERS/Ueslei Marcelino

Reuters had reported earlier on Thursday that Lula was likely to give up his candidacy in favor of current vice-presidential candidate Fernando Haddad after Supreme Court Justice Edson Fachin rejected a similar appeal.

Reporting by Ricardo Brito; Writing by Bruno Federowski, Editing by Rosalba O'Brien

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