The two-time president known simply as Lula emerged from the jail in Curitiba to greet supporters and journalists gathered outside. A large crowd of supporters awaited him with red flags and “Lula Free” signs.
His early release was made possible by a Supreme Court decision on Thursday night that determined defendants can remain free until they have exhausted all appeals.
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Despite being in jail, he was one of the top candidates to run against President Jair Bolsonaro and had been leading the polls until a judge annulled his eligibility to run.
Lula continues to be seen as a leader of the left in Brazil and one of the main opposition voices against Bolsonaro.