Six former presidential candidates of different tendencies asked Brazilians on Monday to support in the elections next October 2 former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, in front of the current president Jair Bolsonaro. The purpose of the meeting was to express their support for Lula in the first round, and the environmentalist Marina Silvathe socialists Luciana Genro Y Guilherme BoulosLabor Cristovam Buarque Y Joao Vicente Goulartand the conservative Henrique Meirelleswho aspired to power in other elections.
Two other former candidates for the presidency also attended, but clearly identified with Lula since the beginning of the current electoral process: his running mate, the conservative Gerald Alckminand the candidate for the governorship of San Pablo, Fernando Haddad, of the Workers’ Party (PT) led by the former trade unionist. Lula, who leads all the polls with an intention to vote close to 45 percent compared to the 30 percent that Bolsonaro would obtain, thanked the gesture and considered that it can help him obtain the support he lacks to liquidate the elections in the first round. for which he would need to exceed 50 percent of the votes.
“This meeting symbolizes the will that people have to recover democracy in our country”declared Lulawho called the Brazilians to “end fascism”, in which Bolsonaro is framed. Meirelles, who presided over the Central Bank during the Lula administration (2003-2010) but later fell out with the PT and aspired to the presidency in 2018, declared that his support for the progressive leader’s candidacy is now due “to what is already did and can do again”.
ANDFormer world president of BankBoston in 2002, Meirelles defended the economic program of the Lula government and came out making the “L” on the spot, in a message to the financial market, traditionally resistant to the former metallurgical trade unionist. For his part, Boulos, candidate of the Socialism and Freedom Party (PSOL) for the presidency in 2018, affirmed that the moment was similar to that of the campaign for direct elections in 1984, which marked the end of the 21-year military dictatorship.
“Lula’s election is essential for Brazilian democracy, to defeat fascism that threatens freedoms and institutions”said Boulos, candidate for deputy on October 2, alluding to Bolsonaro. Alckmin, who faced Lula in 2006 as governor of São Paulo, assured that this front helps support the Brazilian electoral system that the current president regularly questions.
“We are united by a unique moment in the history of Brazil, when the electoral process among divergent and diverse people is being questioned, which is the meaning of democracy,” said the vice-presidential candidate and member of the Brazilian Socialist Party (PSB). For his part, Buarque, from the centrist Citizenship, Lula’s former Minister of Education and considered an opponent of the PT, was also present and pointed out that “going to a ballot would be a tragedy because Brazil could experience an unpredictable month.”