Brazil’s Anti-Corruption Judge Backs Out of Presidential Race

Barbosa came into the political limelight during the mensalão scandal, by sending to jail leading politicians for corruption, money laundering and racketeering.

By Lise Alves, Senior Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Brazil’s former Supreme Court Chief Justice, Joaquim Barbosa, announced on Tuesday (May 8th) that he will not be running for the country’s highest seat in October. Barbosa, seen by many as one of the country’s anti-corruption crusader had been thinking of pursuing the Presidency and already had almost ten percent of voter intention.

“It's decided. After several weeks of much thought, I finally came to a conclusion. I do not intend to be a candidate for President of the Republic. Decision is strictly personal,” said . . .

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