Brazil court: President's son can't run

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) -- Electoral authorities in Brazil say the president's son cannot run for office anywhere in the country.

Brazil's constitution forbids an elected official's immediate family member from running in the same jurisdiction.

And since President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva's jurisdiction includes all of Brazil, the court says his son can't even run for a city council seat in Sao Paulo state.

Silva's Workers Party says it will appeal the decision, made public Friday.

Two of the seven electoral judges dissented, saying the ruling against the president's son Marcos Claudio da Silva was too broad.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Join the Conversation!

To comment, the following rules must be followed:

  • No Obscenity, Profanity, Vulgarity, Racism or Violent Descriptions
  • No Negative Community Comparisons
  • No Fighting, Name-calling, or Personal Attacks
  • Multiple Accounts are Not Allowed
  • Stay on Story Topic

Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.

Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Links require admin approval before posting.
Questions may be sent to Please provide detailed information.

powered by Disqus


6450 Papermill Drive Knoxville, TN 37919 Phone - (865) 450-8888; Fax - (865) 450-8869
Copyright © 2014 WVLT-TV Inc. - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 28654584 -
Gray Television, Inc.