Strong rallies for Lula and Bolsonaro in Brazil ahead of second round of presidential elections

The two opponents of Brazil’s presidential election, former left-wing leader Luis Inacio Lula da Silva and outgoing far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, received significant support on Tuesday 4 October for the second round of voting on 30 October. which promises to be very tight.

Lula won 48.4% of the vote on Sunday, ahead of Bolsonaro who garnered 43.2% of the vote overall. Just over six million votes out of 156 million voters separate them, and the two candidates’ staffs engaged in intense negotiations and negotiations to rally support, sometimes at the expense of a wide ideological divide.

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Lula fought his way, albeit half-heartedly, Tuesday to the center-left candidate who finished fourth in the first ballot, Ciro Gomes (3%), whose Democratic Labor Party (PDT) just announced it would run for the former president two semesters (2003-2010).

“We just had a leadership meeting of the Democratic Labor Party and I’m making this video to say I support them.” this decision, said Ciro Gomes on social networks, following the PDT’s support for Lula. “Given the circumstances, this is the only solution”added this former minister in the Lula government, without however mentioning the name of the former left-wing president with whom he has very acrimonious relations. “The two possibilities [Lula ou Bolsonaro] are unsatisfactory”he blurted out.

A former judge who convicted Lula of supporting Bolsonaro

The Bolsonarist clan has the support of former anti-corruption judge Sergio Moro, who was elected senator from Parana state (south) by 1.9 million votes in general elections taking place concurrently with the presidential election on Sunday. Sergio Moro, “faller” de Lula, whom he sentenced to eighteen months in prison in a 2018-2019 bribery case involving the Petrobras group, expressed open support for the outgoing head of state on Twitter.

“Unlike the PT project [le Parti des Travailleurs de Lula]I declare for the second round to support Bolsonaro”, announced Moro, who maintains the image of the country’s herald of the fight against corruption, even if the Supreme Court eventually found him biased towards Lula. The ex-judge was a big hit for Bolsonaro’s government in early 2019. But he left in April 2020, accusing the president of interfering in police investigations into cases involving his family.

On the left, outgoing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, accompanied on the right by Sergio Moro, a former judge who was a member of his government.  June 17, 2019.

“All of that has been overcome. From now on we have a new relationship (…) and more bills to pay », assured Jair Bolsonaro from Brasilia. The president also received support from the governors of the populous south-eastern states of Minas Gerais, Romeu Zema and Rio Janeiro, Claudio Castro. With the announcement on Twitter of Rodrigo Garcia, the incumbent governor of Sao Paulo (who was not re-elected on Sunday), Brazil’s three largest electoral colleges are backing Bolsonaro.

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“We know that many things separate us and others do not”said Zema, flanked by the President. “But Brazil must move forward and I believe much more in President Bolsonaro’s proposals”.

“Open House Day”

For the political scientist Thomas Traumann “Bolsonaro is turning his second-round campaign into an open-door operation”.

“Rather than wondering if he deserves a second term (…)he asks [aux électeurs] whether the PT deserves to return to power” and “puts the PT years to the test”he wrote in the magazine veja. The party co-founded by Lula governed Brazil from 2003 to 2016.

Brazilian candidate Simone Tebet, October 2, 2022.

Finally, the candidate who came third on Sunday, Senator Simone Tebet (4% of the vote), has been much courted but has not yet spoken out, although she clearly leans towards Lula.

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“I’ve already made my decision”, she announced the first round on Sunday evening, while indicating that she should consult her party, the MDB, before making an official announcement. This centrist formation is marked by deep divisions and includes a powerful Bolsonarist wing. Ciro Gomes and Simone Tebet together weigh 8.5 million votes.

The world with AFP

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