Lula opens the door to revalidate his candidacy for Brazil’s presidential election if necessary

The President of Brazil, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva – Marcelo Camargo/Agencia Brazil/d / DPA

Brazil’s President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva on Thursday opened the door to being a candidate for the 2026 presidential elections, despite having previously ruled out the possibility, saying he needs to «enjoy life».

According to the Brazilian president, he could revalidate his candidacy again if he considers that there is «a delicate situation» and he feels in perfect health, as he said in an interview with RedeTV and reported by ‘Folha de S.Paulo’.

«If I can tell you now, I say ‘I will not be a candidate in 2026’. I will be 81 years old. I need to enjoy my life a little, because I have 50 years of political life,» Lula da Silva reiterated, reiterating that he would only change his mind in a serious situation.

The caveat is contrary to statements made during last year’s election campaign. At an event in September, the current president assured that «everyone» knew that he was only four years old. «Everyone knows that it is not possible for an 81-year-old citizen to want reelection,» he said.

Meanwhile, Lula has pointed out the need within the Workers’ Party to build new leaders who can be candidates in 2026, according to the newspaper.

The first time he held the presidency (from 2003 to 2006), Lula said he was «philosophically» opposed to reelection, instituted in the country in 1997. But he ended up running for a second term and winning the elections, which led him to govern until 2011.