This is the beginning of a pitched battle fought hand in hand. When the presidential campaign resumed after a closer-than-expected first round between left-wing candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (48.4%) and far-right outgoing President Jair Bolsonaro (43.2%), the big maneuvers began. In a Brazil divided in two, with the target of a second round on October 30th, everyone is now called upon to choose their side.
The most awaited rally took place on Wednesday October 5th. Senator Simone Tebet, who finished third in the first round with 4.2% of the vote, reiterated her support for Lula. “It is not possible to remain with the omission of neutrality”, She said. The two personalities appreciate and respect each other. Mme tebet “will not return to Mato Grosso do Sul ‘ Lula explained, giving this centrist moderate a glimpse of a leading ministry in the event of victory.
The senator was elected from this large soybean-producing state in the midwest, which is close to the agribusiness sector, and her unequivocal support is proving particularly valuable to the left-wing leader. “Simone Tebet can help Lula win back this rural conservative constituency that is still very hostile to the Labor Party [PT] »says political scientist Isabela Kalil, an anthropologist specializing in the Brazilian right.
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On Tuesday, Ciro Gomes, fourth in the presidential election, decided – unfortunately – to join the candidacy of the former metalworkers’ union leader with a disappointing result (3%). “It is the only solution among two unsatisfactory options”admitted in a short video the leader of the Democratic Labor Party, whose leadership voted unanimously to back Lula, whom Mr Gomes has been campaigning bitterly for months.
With more than 7% of the vote or 8.4 million voters, Mme Tebet and Mr. Gomes should on the face of it provide an easy win for Lula, who came within a hair’s breadth (1.8 million votes) of winning in the first round. But the game won’t be as easy as evidenced by the divisions crossing several formations of the great Brazilian chessboard. Simone Tebet’s Brazilian Democratic Movement did not issue voting instructions to its supporters.
Founded in the 1960s as the only legal opposition to the military dictatorship, this centrist party has over the years become a symbol of an opportunist and often corrupt establishment. Some of its most prominent members, such as ex-President Michel Temer (2016-2018), who defeated Dilma Rousseff, or MP Sergio Souza, head of the influential agribusiness lobby in the Chamber of Deputies, both announced their support for Jair Bolsonaro.
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