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Lula says will run for presidency despite court setback

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AFP  |  Sao Paula 

Former Brazil president Luis Inacio Lula da Silva told supporters today he intends to seek another mandate later this year despite a court confirming his conviction for corruption.

"Now I want to be a candidate for the presidency," Lula told thousands of supporters at a rally in Sao Paulo in the wake of the court verdict which dealt a body blow to his hopes of running.

A three-judge appeals panel sitting in the southern city of Porto Alegre unanimously ruled that his original 9.5-year jail sentence for corruption be extended to 12 years.

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First Published: Thu, January 25 2018. 04:55 IST