Lula became the candidate for the presidency of the Brazilian Labor Party

Brazil’s presidential election is set for October 2, when Lula is expected to take on the current President Jair Bolsonaro.

His bid for the presidency was expected. Lula himself did not attend the party’s nominating convention in São Paulo, as he was campaigning in the state of Pernambuco.

This will be his sixth presidential run with PT, having previously served as president from 2003 to 2010.

In a series of tweets, Lula, 76, laid out his vision for the future, promising to “rebuild Brazil.”

He added, “I didn’t need to be president again. I could keep my title of the best president in history and live the last few years of my life in peace. But I have seen this country destroyed. a guy who didn’t like education. So I decided to come back.”

The 2022 race is the latest twist in Lula’s remarkable story as one of Brazil’s most charismatic politicians, a man who didn’t learn to read until he was 10 and dropped out of school after fifth grade to work full-time.

It took three unsuccessful attempts to become president before da Silva won the second round of the 2002 presidential election with 61.3% of the vote.

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva Fast Facts

Re-elected in 2006, he eventually left office in January 2011 with a 90% approval rating after millions of Brazilians lifted themselves out of poverty during his tenure. However, his luck did not last long.

A throat cancer survivor in 2011, da Silva was convicted of corruption and money laundering in 2017 on charges of a wide-ranging investigation into state oil company Petrobras.

His legal troubles continued until April 2018, when he turned himself in to federal authorities and began serving a 12-year prison sentence. However, in March 2021, the court overturned his conviction, clearing the way for his political recovery.

According to a report by CNN Brazil, the latest polls now show Lula leading the presidential race with 46% of the vote to Bolsonaro’s 29%.

Reporting by CNN’s Jack Guy, Isa Soares and Madalena Araujo.