Former Brazilian Supreme Court Chief Justice Joaquim Barbosa said on Tuesday he will not run for the country’s top job, pulling one of the highest-profile hopefuls from this October’s race.
“It’s decided. After several weeks of much reflection, I finally reached a conclusion. I don’t intend to be a candidate for the President of the Republic. Strictly personal decision,” Barbosa said on his verified Twitter account.
Barbosa, who had as much as 10 percent of support in opinion polls even without being a candidate yet, has the image of a clean and experienced outsider many Brazilians are looking for to put their country back on track. In March, political consultancy Eurasia said the former judge potentially had the “best profile in the field” of candidates. Barbosa also had one of the lowest rejection rates of the presidential hopefuls.
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