Lula expands her progressive front in an attempt to win

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Peter Kavinsky

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Brazil, September 22 (EFE). Ten days before the Brazilian elections, former President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is expanding his coalition with which he intends to topple far-right President Jair Bolsonaro and is firmly committed to winning the election. first round.

Brazilians will go to the polls on October 2, and six of the fifteen polls released in the past two weeks show Lula could garner more than 50% of the valid vote on the same day, settling the dispute.

When only intent to vote is considered, Lula has an average of 46% support compared to the 31% attributed to Bolsonaro, but the progressive candidate exceeds half when nearly 10% of those who declared to vote are eliminated.

From this perspective, Lula enters the last stretch of the campaign, determined to fish among those who support Labor Party member Ciro Gomez or Senator Simona Tebet, the centre-right candidate, who in the polls gain 9% and 5% respectively.

Beneficial Vote Campaign: “Ciro Resigns”

The search for a useful voice is centered on Ciro Gomez, a former ally who fell out with Lula years ago and remains in opposition, though always supporting the centre-left.

However, Gomes has lost support even in the Democratic Labor Party, which nominates him for the presidency. On Tuesday, about 40 historical leaders of this formation asked him to withdraw his candidacy and declare his support for Lula in order to “defeat Bolsonaro’s fascism in the first round.”

Ciro Gomes, Democratic Labor Party (PDT) Brazilian presidential candidate, in a file photo. EFE/Joedson Alves

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

“You are just in time to correct your mistake, Comrade Ciro. Reach out to your followers right now and tell them that the urgency of the fight against fascism leaves no choice but to support Lulu, says the letter, signed among others by Argentine Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Prize winner and former Ecuadorian. President Rafael Correa.

This Thursday, in a nearly encrypted message, former Brazilian President Fernando Enrique Cardoso (1995-2002) hinted that between Bolsonaro and Lula, he is with a progressive leader.

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

Although Lula admits that he “dreams” of winning in the first round, in recent days he has limited himself to urging voters to “keep voting” because “nothing has been won yet.”

He did so this Thursday at a meeting with older people’s organizations. Get ready. On the second day, they get up, put on their most beautiful clothes and go to vote,” he said.

There is no one to write to the captain

Bolsonaro, retired army captainmade brackets this week in his campaign to attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London on Monday, and the next day at the UN General Assembly in New York.

Some leaders of the Liberal Party (LP), of which he is the flag bearer, have publicly asked him to correct his statements and get closer to moderate right or centrist voters, but the army reserve captain does nothing. but raise your tone and please your dedicated 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 purity of the electoral system, assuring that if he did not win in the first round, “something strange” would happen. into account.

Then before the UN General Assembly, he made a speech that looked more like a candidate than a head of state, and qualified it with attacks on Lulu.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro before the UN General Assembly. EFE/Jason Senes

In New York, he also met sympathizers and, as he had done in Brazil, encouraged them to sing “imbroxável” – a word that colloquially roughly defines a man who does not fail when it comes to sex, and uses it to extol masculinity , which, according to him, is preserved at the age of 67 years.

After those trips, he resumed his campaign this Thursday, insisting he would win “in the first round” and reaffirming that after October 2 was over, “Lula will be left in the dustbin of history.”

Web Editing: Juan David Mosos

Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org

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