The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonaroand the former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva they closed their acrimonious contest for the ballot on Sunday practically tied in the intention to vote, according to the latest poll.

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This Saturday the candidates poured into the streets of Minas Gerais and São Paulothe two states with the most electoral weight in the country.

In the latest poll released by the Datafolha Institute, the leftist has 52% of the intention to vote against 48% for the extreme rightist, with which the difference was reduced by two points compared to Thursday’s poll.

The study, which was carried out between Friday and Saturday, with a margin of error of 2%, shows a technical tie that predicts a heart attack ending in the second round.

Boosted by the cry of “myth!”, Bolsonaro led a motorcade in Belo Horizontecapital of Minas Gerais, where thousands of supporters came out to meet him dressed in green and yellow.

I am “confident of victory,” the 67-year-old former army captain told reporters after Friday’s televised debate with Lula, in which both relentlessly accused each other of lying to the electorate.

In a message on social networks addressed to the undecided, Bolsonaro promised a strong hand against crime and impunity and to implement a policy of “strengthening family ties”, in line with his ultra-conservative discourse.

The president’s supporters justified their support in fear of Lula’s return to power. “I am not in favor of abortion or gender ideology, which is what the other party wants to impose on our country,” said 36-year-old micro-entrepreneur Fabrícia Alves.

In Sao Paulo, Lulathe historical leader of the left of the Workers’ Party (PT)who was accompanied by former Uruguayan president José Mujica, dispatched himself against his rival before joining a walk.

“Bolsonaro has no limit to telling lies (…) he does not have the physical conditions to govern a country the size of Brazil,” he assured.

Lula prevailed in the first round with 48% of the vote against 43% for Bolsonaro, which broke the projections that anticipated a comfortable advantage for the former president.

“There were four years of many mistakes, minorities suffered a lot during this Bolsonaro government (…) So I think this is going to end the PT,” said Daniel Botánico, a 27-year-old marketing manager, who came to the walk in Sao Paulo with an indigenous headdress and painted face.

At just 77 years old, Lula aspires to return to power after governing the first economy in Latin America between 2003 and 2010.

On the sidelines of the closing of the campaign, the pro-government deputy Carla Zambelli She was involved in an incident with a man whom she chased with a weapon to a store in a wealthy neighborhood of the city, according to images that went viral on the networks.

Bolsonaro is seeking re-election after four years of a government marked especially by the health and economic crisis that triggered the pandemic with a balance of 688,000 deaths in Brazil, as well as tense relations with institutions and international criticism for his environmental policy.

In the final stretch, he has presented the slow recovery of activity as achievements of his government, mainly the recent drop in inflation and unemployment, which stood at 8.7% in September.

For months, Bolsonaro questioned the electronic voting system without evidence, raising fears that he will not accept the results of next Sunday.

On Friday, at the end of the debate, however, he said that “the one with the most votes wins”, when questioned in a brief interview after the debate about whether he would accept eventual defeat.

“That is democracy,” he added.

On Sunday, some 156 million Brazilians are called to vote in the country’s 26 states and the federal district.

In the first round, around 32 million did not vote (21%). The number is five times the advantage of six million votes that Lula obtained over Bolsonaro.

In Brazil, voting is mandatory, but the fine for not going to the polls is only 3.5 reais (0.50 cents).

The expectation of a tight result raises the fear that tension and polarization of the country, after a tense campaign full of grievances and disinformation.

After his two terms, Lula was imprisoned in the framework of the “Lava Jato” anti-corruption mega-cause, but was politically resurrected after the annulment of his convictions for procedural irregularities.

Now he has the support of artists such as Anitta and Caetano Veloso, Senator Simone Tebet, third in the first round (4%), and figures historically opposed to his Workers’ Party, such as former president Fernando Henrique Cardoso (PSDB). .

Bolsonaro has the support above all of agribusiness and the majority of evangelicals – a third of the electorate – who praise his ultra-conservative positions.

Several singers of the popular Brazilian sertanejo genre also declared in his favor, the soccer player Neymar and former US President Donald Trump, with whom he is often compared.

With information from AFP



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