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Brazil's ex-president Lula maintains dominant lead in next year's election: Poll

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Brazil's former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva speaks at Forca Sindical Congress in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on December 8, 2021. (Photo by Reuters)

Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, Brazil’s former president, has a comfortable lead against incumbent Jair Bolsonaro in next year's presidential election, a survey shows.

According to the poll, released on Tuesday, far-right Bolsonaro is almost 30 percentage points down in the polls.

If the vote were held today, 48% percent of respondents said they would vote for Lula, while 21% would vote for Bolsonaro, according to the survey by pollster Inteligencia em Pesquisa e Consultoria (IPEC).

Sergio Moro, a former judge who helped put Lula in jail before joining Bolsonaro's administration, came in third with 6% of the vote.

Earlier this year, IPEC released another survey showing Bolsonaro struggling to regain traction with voters.

The president is under fire for his government's handling of the coronavirus epidemic, which has taken the lives of more than 617,000 people across Brazil.

A congressional panel concluded last month that the far-right president should be charged with homicide for decisions that led to the spread of the virus and the deaths of thousands in a failed attempt to achieve herd immunity.

Lula had warned last year that Bolsonaro was causing "genocide" and leading the nation toward "chaos" with his calls to reopen the economy. The former president called for Bolsonaro's impeachment as well.

Lula was in prison when Bolsonaro was elected in 2018. He was imprisoned to serve a 12-year corruption sentence. After spending 580 days in jail, he was released with a Supreme Court ruling. Lula had described the corruption charges as politically motivated.

Leaked documents also revealed previously that the Brazilian justice minister had, in collaboration with prosecutors, fabricated the case against Lula and convicted him of corruption in to prevent him from running for the 2018 presidential election.

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