Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva

Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has pulled out of next month’s presidential election to allow his running mate to stand in his place.

The move comes days after a far-right candidate was stabbed at a rally.

Lula had been the front-runner despite being in jail for a corruption conviction and despite the top electoral court barring his candidacy.

He has now thrown his weight behind his Workers’ Party colleague Fernando Haddad.

The decision comes after a lengthy legal battle which culminated on the 1st of September when the superior electoral court ruled that he was “ineligible” to run for the presidency under a 2010 law dubbed “clean slate”.  

It prohibits those who have a criminal conviction which has been upheld on appeal from running for public office.

-BBC