Rafael Guedes told journalists that the order will "put the spotlight even more on the ex-president".
Da Silva has maintained his innocence, saying this case as well as several other corruption charges that have yet to be tried are attempts to keep him off the presidential ballot.
Earlier on Thursday, Brazil's Supreme Court rejected Lula's plea to remain free until he exhausts all his appeals, in a corruption case he calls a political witch hunt. Lula's sentence was increased from 9 1/2 years to 12 years during a first failed appeal in January.
The court's debate underscored how fraught the matter is at a time of high tension and angst in Brazil, which is struggling to emerge from a crippling recession and is four years into a major corruption scandal that has ensnared much of the country's elite, including da Silva.
United Nations Urges Israel To 'Reconsider' Cancelled Migrant Deal
Before announcing the deal, Israel had been moving ahead with plans to deport numerous Africans to Rwanda. The right-wing government has been under pressure from its nationalist voter base to expel the migrants.
Ahead of elections in the country in October, Silva has been leading opinion polls.
Lula, 72, was president of Brazil from 2003 to 2011. After the ruling, Lula's Workers' Party said it was a "tragic day for democracy in Brazil".
The Brazilian Democratic Movement party will formally decide which candidate it hopes to move forward with a selection to lead its party in the national election in either the month of June or July, during the Brazilian winter.
"It was applied to only one person", she said. The decision could radically alter October's presidential election and affect stability in Latin America's largest nation.
Women, Aiding Collapsed Mayor, Told To Leave 'Sacred' Ring
Sumo Association Chairman Hakkaku issued an apology later in the day, calling the referee's response inappropriate. A jarring incident in a sumo ring has triggered a national conversation in Japan about how women are treated.
While it's clear that the current Brazilian Minister of Finance wants to run for the presidency of the Portuguese-speaking, South American country, he might not be able to actually run for the sought-after spot of being the President of Brazil because the Brazilian Democratic Movement party is the largest in the country, making it hard for him to beat out other primary candidates, due simply to the vast amount of competition within the MDB party every single election cycle. "Judge Sergio Moro found the popular politician guilty of illegally taking more than $1 million in kickbacks from an engineering company, using the money to refurbish a beachfront apartment", NPR's Colin Dwyer reported at the time.
The decision by the Supreme Federal Tribunal means that da Silva will likely soon be forced to begin serving his 12-year sentence.
"People want to be close to President Lula after this injustice", he said. Some exemptions have been made in the past, and the ultimate decision in Lula's case would be made by the top electoral court if and when Lula officially files to be a candidate.
Spider-Man release date for PS4 unveiled
The pre-order bonuses include three outfits, a Spider Drone Gadget, a Spider-Man PSN Avatar, Theme and 5 extra skill points. You can now pre-order the digital Standard Edition or the Digital Deluxe Edition from the PlayStation Store .
- What Patriots' Brandin Cooks trade could mean for the Buffalo Bills
- Missing CDC employee's body found in river months after disappearance, police say
- Spotify in successful but unusual market debut
- Mark Zuckerberg will testify before Congress next week
- McGregor launches foul-mouthed response as UFC strip lightweight title
- United Nations chief urges Yemen peace talks
- Salman Khan sentenced 5 year jail-term
- Kyrie Irving needs knee surgery, out for playoffs
- CWG Opening Ceremony 2018: Smiling Sindhu leads Indian Contingent
- ISIS Gunmen Slaughter Christian Family In Pakistan