September 6, 2018 / 9:32 PM / a year ago

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

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

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.

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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