Ex-president Lula extends lead in Brazil pre-election polls

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Nine days before Brazil’s presidential election, former Brazilian leader and left-wing favourite Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, has slightly increased his lead over far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in opinion polls.

The share of the vote that Lula can hope to win in the first round of elections on October 2 rose from 45 to 47 per cent compared to the previous week.

This is according to a survey by the polling institute Datafolha published on Thursday evening.

According to the poll, Bolsonaro would continue to receive about 33 per cent of the vote.

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The social democratic politician Ciro Gomes followed in third place with 7 per cent of the votes.

Lula governed Brazil from early 2003 until the end of 2010.

In 2018, the ex-president was sentenced to a long prison term for corruption and money laundering. Last year, a Supreme Court judge overturned the sentence – and Lula regained his political rights.

Bolsonaro, on the other hand, has already indicated that he may not accept defeat in the elections. (dpa/NAN).

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