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>> Brazil's former president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, may have failed to overturn a corruption conviction that could bar him from running for office again. But the left wing working class hero is still Brazil's Workers' Party pick. Reuters correspondent Anthony Boadle is in the capital Brasilia.>> The Workers' Party will stick with Lula as long as it possibly can, because it has no other viable alternative.
In fact, it's not clear who the successor to Lula will be for the left in Brazil. It could be Ciro Gomes, the former governor of Ceara state, of the PDT party. It could also be Marina Silva, the environmentalist. Though she supported the conviction of Lula and his party won't go near her.
>> On Thursday Lula accepted the Workers' Party nomination, even though the fate of his re-election bid is still up in the air. The nomination still has to be formalized at a party convention. But Lula told a rally in Sao Paulo that he would, quote, fight to the end to appeal his conviction.
>> I want to be the candidate to win the elections and govern this country in the way I wanted to govern it.>> But the two-term former president, while popular, has slim chances of undoing Wednesday's ruling by an appellate court, upholding convictions of taking bribes and money laundering.
His exclusion raises the prospect of a right-leaning reformer winning the October 7th election and sticking to Brazil's austerity program. Without the charismatic Lula on the campaign trail, Brazil's second largest party in Congress faces oblivion. Or as one senator put it,>>
> We don't have a plan B.