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Brazil | BRAZIL: Statement on the Decision to Ban Lula from Running for President

by Anisio G. Homem

On September 11, 2018, Luis Inacio (Lula) da Silva and the National Executive Committee of the Workers Party (PT) decided to replace Lula’s candidacy for president with that of his vice-presidential running mate — Fernando Haddad, former PT mayor of Sao Paulo — in accordance with the heinous directive of the Superior Electoral Court (TSE).

Brazil | Lula’s letter to the Brazilian People

My friends,

You surely know by now that the courts have banned me from running for the Presidency of the Republic. Actually, they have banned the Brazilian people from voting freely to change the grim reality of our country.

I have never accepted injustice, and never will. For more than 40 years I have walked alongside the Brazilian people, advocating equality and the transformation of Brazil into a better and more just country. And it was by walking all over our country that I could see from close the suffering burning the soul and the hope shining again in the eyes of our people. I saw indignation with the many wrong things that are happening and the wish to improve one’s life again.

Brazil | IN DEFENSE OF LULA AND DEMOCRACY IN BRAZIL

Brazilian Democratic State and rule of Law have been violated in a systemic and permanent way since the Coup d’état applied on President Dilma Rousseff in 2016, with an undeniable participation from the judiciary and media.

Since then, facts of major gravity threaten to establish an anti-democratic and repressive regime in Brazil, beginning with a radical politicization of Judiciary, keeping arrested or sued citizens without proved guilty or proofs for the accusation, basing judiciary decisions merely on plea bargains and magistrate “convictions”. These prisons also happened before the defense exhausted all the appealing instances and resources, on a clear violation of the Brazilian Constitution 5th Article, which guarantees the presumption of innocence until the final and conclusive condemn.

Mnangagwa wins Zimbabwe presidential elections

Incumbent president Emmerson Mnangagwa has been announced as winner of Zimbabwe’s July 30 presidential elections. The septuagenarian polled 50.8% of votes as against 44.3% by his closest challenger Nelson Chamisa.

Mnangagwa run on the ticket of the Zanu-PF party and is now entitled to serve a constitutional term of five years with the option to seek re-election, if he wins.

Mexico | López Obrador’s Moment

It took Andrés Manuel López Obrador (AMLO) 12 years to become president-elect of Mexico, making history for Mexico’s Left as his party’s coalition also achieves a legislative majority. But the struggle has only just begun.

by Steve Ellner

Andrés Manuel López Obrador’s sweeping victory in Mexico’s July 1 general elections came as no surprise, but the absolute majority won by his Movimiento Regeneración Nacional (MORENA) party and its allies in the congressional contests was hardly a foregone conclusion. In an electoral landslide, López Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, pulled in 53 percent of the popular vote. AMLO’s win on Sunday contrasts with his presidential bids in 2006 and 2012 when his competitors barely eked out dubious wins over him.