Photo: Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said in a televisión interview that he will be a presidential candidate in 2014 if current President Dilma Rousseff does not stand for reelection.
“The only hypothesis under which I would run again is if she doesn’t. I’ll only be a candidate if she doesn’t want to be,” Lula, who governed Brazil from 2003 to 2010, said in response to a question about a possible third term.
“I’m not going to let some toucan (a nickname for members of the opposition Brazilian Social Democracy Party) be president of Brazil again,” Lula told SBT television.
The ex-president, in his first interview since doctors pronounced him cured of the cancer of the larynx for which he was diagnosed last year, admitted that the possibility is unlikely since Rousseff, with a popularity has high as his own, has everything it takes to be reelected.
“President Dilma Rousseff will be very strong at the end of her term in office,” Lula, who is considered the architect of his successor’s election, said.
Lula said that from now on, having recovered from his illness, he will spend his time promoting the candidacies of members of the Workers Party, or PT, in the October municipal elections.