In Brazil, Lula ramps up fake grades and controversy before taking office in January

Stage success outside, big storms on the inside stage. While his visit to COP27 in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt inspired hope and excitement, Brazil’s Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva is facing a more difficult transition than expected. The left-wing president-elect, victorious over Jair Bolsonaro in the Oct. 30 election, has multiplied false marks and controversy in recent days.

Everything started well. It took only a few days for the very official transitional cabinet to form. Responsible for preparing for Lula’s inauguration on January 1stah As of next January, it has thirty-one technical groups and dozens of experts reporting to Vice President-elect Geraldo Alckmin. From economics to health to diplomacy or agriculture, all areas of government policy are considered.

But after a fanfare debut, the “Lulisten” quickly became disillusioned. “This is the most complex transition since the fall of the dictatorship in 1985”appoints one of the coordinators of the process. “Not all departments are willing to work together. Some clearly drag their feet and slow down.he adds, pointing in particular to the Department of Family and Human Rights, a bastion of radical evangelicals.

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High tensions in the coalition

Strong tensions also run through the victorious coalition. To gain a majority in Congress, Lula had to continue expanding his coalition, which eventually could include as many as fourteen political formations ranging from the right to the extreme left. Between these motley allies, the battle for future ministries is bitter. Within Lula’s Labor Party (PT), some fear they will be stripped of the most prestigious posts.

The first serious pitfall of the transition concerned the budget. In fact, Lula has announced his intention to break free from the constitutional principle of limiting public spending. The goal: to negotiate with Congress an additional envelope of 175 billion reais (31 billion euros) to finance the upgrading of the social minima. “Why do people have to suffer to ensure such fiscal stability in this country? »asked Lula on November 10 during a speech in Brasilia.

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The market reaction was immediate. After the President-elect’s speech, markets panicked and the Sao Paulo stock market fell 3.35% while the real plummeted against the dollar. Lula drew criticism from his right-wing and center allies, as well as the press. ” Lula embraced the lowest demagogy.”said the daily newspaper Folha de S. Paulo in a caustic editorial, dubbed “Bad Start”.

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