Wed. Sep 28th, 2022

By Eduardo Davis

BRASILIA, September 22 (EFE).- Ten days before elections in Brazil, former president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva has expanded the alliance with which he wants to dislodge the far-right from power of President Jair Bolsonaro and is committed to winning the election. First lap

Brazilians will go to the polls on October 2, and six of the fifteen polls released over the past two weeks indicate that Lula could exceed 50% of the valid vote that day, which would settle the dispute.

When only voting intentions are considered, Lula has an average of 46% support, with 31% attributed to Bolsonaro, but the progressive candidate exceeds half when the 10% who declare to vote are ruled out. Null or blank

In this context, Lula enters the final stretch of the campaign with those who support Labor Party member Ciro Gómez or center-right candidate Senator Simone Tebbet, who have 9% and 5% of the vote respectively.

Useful poll campaign: “Ciro resigns”

The search for useful votes centers on Ciro Gomes, a former ally who fell out with Lula a few years ago and remains in an opposition trench, though always aligned to the center-left.

However, Gomes has lost support even in the Democratic Labor Party, which is running against him for president. On Tuesday, about 40 historic leaders of that formation asked him to abandon his candidacy and declare his support for Lula to “defeat Bolsonaro’s fascism in the first round.”

Ciro Gomes, Brazilian presidential candidate for the Democratic Labor Party (PDT) in a file photograph. EFE/Jodson Alves

Dozens of Latin American politicians and intellectuals spoke in a public letter in the same vein.

“It’s time you made amends for your mistake, fellow Siro. Address your followers now and tell them that there is no other option but to support Lula for the urgency of the fight against fascism», says the letter, signed among others by Argentine Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former Ecuadorian. President Rafael Correa.

This Thursday, in a nearly encrypted message, former Brazilian president Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995-2002) indicated that, between Bolsonaro and Lula, he sides with the progressive leader.

On an unusual note, Cardoso asked voters to vote for those committed to “fighting poverty and inequality,” including “equal rights for all, regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation.” “Conservation” of the environment and including “Strengthening of Democratic Institutions”.

Although Lula admitted that he “dreams” of winning in the first round, in recent days he has limited himself to encouraging voters “not to stop voting”, because “nothing has been won yet”.

He said this in a meeting with the veterans’ organization on Thursday. Be prepared. On day 2 they get up, put on their best clothes and go to vote,” he asked.

The captain has no one to write to

Bolsonaro, retired army captainHe has made a brace this week, attending Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral in London on Monday and attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York the following day.

Some leaders of the Liberal Party (PL), which has him as its standard-bearer, have publicly asked him to adjust his rhetoric and move closer to moderate right or center voters, but the army reserve captain has done nothing. But turn up the tune and please his loyal super fans.

He did so in London, amid British mourning, as he congratulated a group of Brazilian supporters and again questioned the cleanliness of the electoral system, assuring that “something strange” would happen if he did not win the first round. In calculation

Then, before the UN General Assembly, he gave a speech that sounded more like a candidate than a head of state and qualified it with an attack on Lula.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro before the United Nations General Assembly. EFE/Jason Sazens

In New York he also met with sympathizers and, as he had already done in Brazil, he encouraged them to pronounce “imbroxavel”, a word that defines in a colloquial way a rude way when a man does not fail in sex and uses it. At the age of 67 he said that pronounced heroism.

After the trip, he resumed his campaign this Thursday, insisting that he would win “in the first round” and confirming that, when it ends on October 2, “Lula will continue in the dustbin of history.”

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