The Fall of a Hero: Lula, Brazil’s Most Popular President, sentenced to nearly ten years in jail following corruption charges

Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who served as Brazil’s President 2003-11, has been found guilty on corruption and money-laundering charges with a sentence of nine years and six months in jail. With Lula in the pipeline for an extraordinary return to politics and the overwhelming favourite to win the 2018 Presidential election according to opinion polls, his lawyers and many of his supporters have categorised his conviction as a judicial coup to veto his return.

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French Presidential Election 2017: Macron v Le Pen – De Gaulle’s Last Stand

Centrist europhile Emmanuel Macron (24%, En Marche!) and staunch eurosceptic Marine Le Pen (21.3%, National Front) have beaten off all the establishment candidates. This has created an extraordinary match-up between two extremely different candidates. This election will prove tremendously significant in determining the direction France will take over the next five years and beyond, with wide repercussions for Europe.

Why You Must Vote…

Voting has been a hard fought – and often overlooked – privilege in this country. The sacrifice of those who fought in the British Civil War in the 17th century, opposed corrupt candidates in rotten boroughs in the 18th century, challenged for greater democratic inclusion in the 19th century or secured equality for women in the 20th century should not be forgotten, and it should encourage you to use your vote.