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Lula wants ‘democratic bloc’ to defeat Bolsonaro

Carlos Meneses |

São Paulo, (EFE) — Former President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva announced on Monday that he intends to speak with “all political forces” to form a “democratic bloc” against current ruler Jair Bolsonaro, with the goal of a second round of elections on October 30 .

“Right now, 60% of the Brazilian people reject this government,” and so “we have to make agreements and talk to everyone,” Lula said in a press statement after meeting with his campaign committee at a Sao Paulo hotel.

The leader of the Workers’ Party (PT) brought together his main allies just a day after winning the first round of elections with 48.4% of the vote compared to 43.2% received by the far-right leader.

The result was somewhat bitter as several polls predicted Lula would be elected president in the first round, but Bolsonaro showed a strength that no poll reflected.

Appeals to the vanquished

Brazilian Democratic Movement Party (MDB) presidential candidate Simona Tebet. EFE/Andre Coelho

It is also unanimous that in the coming days they will “talk to all the democrats” in order to form an even wider front than the one that was for the first round of elections, when a dozen parties gathered.

The first goal is to enlist the support of Senator Simone Tebet and Labor leader Siro Gomez, who are third and fourth in the presidential race and who together make up just over 7% of support, about 8.5 million votes. At this point, both asked for time to speak.

“It is time for all democrats to come together so that we can preserve and expand our democracy,” environmentalist Marina Silva, who was elected federal deputy and reconciled with Lula in this election, told reporters.

Brazilian presidential candidate Ciro Gomes in Fortaleza, Ceara, northeast Brazil. EFE/Jarbas Oliveira

Silva stressed that “everyone has a duty” to stop Bolsonaro’s “war” against “public policies and institutions” in the country.

Attention to the center

Citizens await the results of the Brazilian elections in Sao Paulo (Brazil). EFE / Ettore Chieregini

More forthright was former São Paulo governor Marcio França, who also allied himself with Lula, though he missed his goal of being elected senator after being defeated by former minister Bolsonaro.

Speaking to reporters, minutes before meeting Lula, França demanded that the former mechanical turner, who ruled Brazil from 2003 to 2010, make another turn towards the center and try to seduce the Bolsonaris a priori redoubts.

Bolsonaro urges ‘keep focus’

President and candidate for re-election Jair Bolsonaro at the Alvorada Palace in Brasilia (Brazil). EFE / Joedson Alves.

For his part, Bolsonaro flew this Monday from the government’s headquarters in Brasilia, where he received some candidates for regional governments, who also made it to the second round.

The President spoke about the results of the elections through his favorite medium, social networks, in order to encourage his followers to continue mobilizing.

“Keep your focus! One of the main goals was achieved,” wrote the leader of the far right, hinting at the fact of reaching the second round and the good results of the right in the legislative elections.

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org