October 7, 2022

Lula broadens his progressive front in a bid to win

By Eduardo Davis |

Brasilia, Sept. 22 (EFE).- Ten days before Brazil’s elections, former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is expanding the coalition he plans to overthrow President Jair Bolsonaro’s far right and is determined to launch a victory in the first round.

Brazilians will go to the polls on October 2, and six of the 15 polls released in the past two weeks indicate that Lula could exceed 50% of the valid votes that same day, settling the dispute.

When considering voting intent alone, Lula has an average of 46% of the support, compared to 31% attributed to Bolsonaro, but the progressive candidate exceeds half when nearly 10% who declare to vote are excluded, zero or blank.

With this perspective, Lula is entering the final stretch of the campaign, determined to fish between those who support Labor party member Ciro Gomes or Senator Simone Tebet, a centre-right candidate, who have 9% and 5% respectively in the polls.

The useful voice campaign: “Ciro resigns”

The search for the useful voice centers on Ciro Gomes, a former ally who feuded with Lula years ago and remains in a hostile trench, though always aligned with the center left.

However, Gomes has lost his support, even in the Labor Democratic Party, which is running him for president. On Tuesday, some 40 historic leaders of that formation asked him to relinquish his candidacy and show his support for Lula to “defeat Bolsonaro’s fascism in the first round”.

Ciro Gomes Brazil’s presidential candidate for the Workers’ Democratic Party (PDT), in a file photo. EFE/Joedson Alves

Dozens of politicians and intellectuals from Latin America spoke in a similar vein in a public letter.

‘You are in time to make amends for your mistake, colleague Ciro. Speak to your followers right now and tell them that the urgency of the fight against fascism leaves no other option than to support Lula, says the letter, signed by, among others, the Argentine Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, winner of the Nobel Peace Prize , and former Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa.

Last Thursday, former Brazilian President Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995-2002) hinted in an almost scrambled message that he is between Bolsonaro and Lula with the progressive leader.

In an unusual note, Cardoso asked voters to vote for those who are committed to “fighting poverty and inequality”, with “equal rights for all regardless of race, gender or sexual orientation”, with “preserving” the environment and with the “strengthening of democratic institutions”.

While Lula admits he “dreams” of winning in the first round, in recent days he has confined himself to encouraging voters to “don’t stop voting” because “nothing has been won yet”.

He did this on Thursday during a meeting with organizations for the elderly. Get ready. On day 2 they get up, put on their best clothes and go to vote,” he asked.

The captain has no one to write to

Bolsonaro, retired army captainThis week made a hook in his campaign to attend Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in London on Monday, and to the UN General Assembly in New York the following day.

Some leaders of the Liberal Party (PL), which has him as its flag bearer, have publicly asked him to change his statements and get closer to voters from the moderate right or the center, but the army reserve captain does nothing but raise the show and please its loyal ultra fans.

He did it in London, in the midst of British mourning, when he greeted a group of Brazilian supporters and once again questioned the cleanliness of the electoral system, assuring that if he doesn’t win in the first round, “something strange” will happen. at the count.

Then, before the UN General Assembly, he gave a speech that looked much more like a candidate than a head of state, qualifying it with attacks on Lula.

Brazil’s President Jair Bolsonaro before the UN General Assembly. EFE/Jason Szenes

In New York he also met sympathizers and, as he has already done in Brazil, he encouraged them to sing “imbroxável”, a word that popularly defines the man who does not fail when it comes to sex and uses it to glorify the masculinity he claims to retain at age 67.

After those trips, he resumed his campaign this Thursday, insisting that he would win “on the first round” and affirming that once October 2 is over, “Lula will continue in the dustbin of history.”

Web editor: Juan David Mosos

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