Brazil's Lula says he might run office again

Brazil's outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said he might eventually run for president again, a revelation that shakes up Brazilian politics.

Brazil's Lula says he might run office again

Brazil's outgoing President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva said he might eventually run for president again, a revelation that shakes up Brazilian politics.

Lula, who will leave office on Jan. 1 with a popularity rating above 80 percent thanks to Brazil's economic boom, was forbidden by the constitution from running for a third consecutive presidential term this year.

Asked in a TV interview that aired on Monday if he might run again in the future, Lula replied: "I can't say no, because I'm still alive. I'm honorary president of a party, I'm a born politician, I built extraordinary political relationships."

"We're going to work for her (successor Dilma Rousseff) to have a good government, and when the moment arrives, we'll see what happens," Lula told RedeTV.

Although Lula, 65, has never ruled out running again, it was his most explicit statement to date that he could be a candidate again in 2014 or later.

Lula qualified his statements, saying he was "afraid" they would be interpreted as a sign he would run again.

Seemingly aware his statements would cause a stir, Lula told the interviewer: "I'm a little afraid that tomorrow somebody will see your interview and say that Lula said he could be a candidate."

Still, he continued to discuss the possibility, naming several possible future presidential candidates from the opposition and his own coalition, including Rousseff.

"There will be no shortage of candidates," he said. "It's really hard to get a feel for it right now."

Reuters

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