Brazil’s former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has officially launched his campaign for presidential election, calling on people to unite behind him to defeat “the totalitarian threat” without mentioning far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro.

“We’re ready to work not only to win the election on October 2, but to rebuild and transform Brazil, which will be even more difficult,” the 76-year-old left-wing icon told a rally in Sao Paulo on Saturday, making his political comeback official four years after he was jailed on controversial corruption charges.

Al Jazeera’s Monica Yanakiew reports from Sao Paulo.

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