Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has pulled out of next month’s presidential election to allow his running mate to stand in his place.
Lula had been the frontrunner despite being in jail for a corruption conviction and despite the top electoral court barring his candidacy.
He has now thrown his weight behind his Workers’ Party colleague Fernando Haddad.
The move comes days after a far-right candidate was stabbed at a rally.
The 63-year-old Jair Bolsonaro must now undergo major surgery after being attacked by a lone assailant, doctors said.
A Workers’ Party leader announced the decision outside the detention centre where the 72-year-old is serving a 12-year sentence.
the former president, who governed from January 2003 until December 2010, said he would not run in the election scheduled for 7 October.