RIO DE JANEIRO – Marina Silva, a leading presidential candidate in Brazil, is criticizing a military intervention in Rio de Janeiro and arguing that jailed ex-President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva should not be able to run in upcoming elections.
Silva, a former senator and environmental minister, made the comments Friday during a discussion with journalists.
Earlier this year, President Michel Temer ordered the military to take over security in Rio amid a wave of violence. Silva said that only an integrated plan to confront violence would work. That included improving education and services.
Silva was also asked if da Silva, who is serving a 12-year sentence for corruption, should be able to run for office.
Silva said that laws can't be adapted to people, but rather people must adapt to laws.