- Title: Brazilâ€™s Lula attends the national congress of the Workers' Party
- Date: 3rd June 2017
- Summary: BRASILIA, BRAZIL (JUNE 03, 2017) (REUTERS) GENERAL OF MEMBERS OF BRAZIL'S PT WORKERS' PARTY GATHERED FOR PARTY CONGRESS FORMER BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT, LUIZ INACIO LULA DA SILVA, ENTERING CONFERENCE TO APPLAUSE ALONG WITH NEWLY NAMED PRESIDENT OF THE WORKERS' PARTY, GLEISI HOFFMANN (RED T-SHIRT) CROWD CHEERING FOR LULA (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) FORMER BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT, LUIZ INACIO LULA DA SILVA, SAYING: "Today I heard that the public ministry has asked for my arrest, my imprisonment, I don't know why. And look at what's happening in this country. Anywhere in the world, for you to be convicted there has to be evidence to dissolve or to ask for prison time. Here in Brazil, your being innocent means you are guilty. Because if there's no evidence there gonna get you, you don't need evidence for anything in this country anymore." CROWD CHEERING FOR LULA (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) FORMER BRAZILIAN PRESIDENT, LUIZ INACIO LULA DA SILVA, SAYING: "They're, I'm sick of saying it, struggling to find one dollar, one peso or one real of kickbacks in my accounts." MORE OF CROWD (SOUNDBITE) (Portuguese) NEWLY NAMED PRESIDENT OF THE WORKERS' PARTY, GLEISI HOFFMANN, SAYING: "We're equipped to confront everything that's out there and to put forth something good for Brazil." LULA HUGGING HOFFMANN
- Embargoed: 17th June 2017 22:25
- Keywords: Gleisi Hoffman Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva corruption Brazil
- Location: BRASILIA, BRAZIL
- City: BRASILIA, BRAZIL
- Country: Brazil
- Topics: Government/Politics
- Reuters ID: LVA0016JQ4CW3
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- Story Text: Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva took part in the Workers' Party's congress on Saturday (June 3) as the party named Senator Gleisi Hoffmann its new president.
Lula was expected to officially launch his candidacy for the 2018 elections, but that did not happen at the party gathering in the capital city of Brasilia.
Lula has already said publicly that he wants to run in 2018, but has not yet made it official to avoid compounding his legal problems, aides said.
The former leader faces five corruption trials linked to Brazil's massive corruption probe known as Operation Car Wash.
The Public Ministry on Saturday called for his conviction for supposedly accepting a beach apartment in exchange for helping lucrative government contracts.
Lula told the party congress there was no evidence against him.
Gleisi, who will lead the party for the next two years, also faces corruption charges in part of the Car Wash probe.
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