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Two months before the elections, Lula leads and Bolsonaro is involved in conflicts

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Brazil will go to the polls on October 2 and the polls insist that former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is increasingly favored over the current president, Jair Bolsonaro, who is involved in attacks on institutions.

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Two months before the elections and facing a campaign that will officially begin on August 16, Lula maintains all his efforts to consolidate a broad progressive front and even add conservative sectors that have distanced themselves from the conflicts generated by Bolsonaro and the extreme right that supports it.

The captain of the Army reserve, stuck at a ceiling of 30% of voting intentions, compared to 45% held by Lula, persists in a campaign of disqualification against the electronic vote adopted by Brazil in 1996, which has never been the subject of fraud complaints.

However, although Bolsonaro was elected deputy five times with this system and also came to power in 2018 through electronic voting, he insists without any evidence that it encourages cheating.

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On July 18, the ruler took his most risky step in this discrediting campaign and tried to convince some 40 foreign ambassadors of the “suspicions” which, according to him, generates the system.

This attitude provoked a general rejection expressed in various acts and documents in “defense of democracy”, backed even by business leaders and bankers who supported Bolsonaro four years ago.

This Tuesday, these movements were joined by three media entities, which in a joint note condemned the intentions of sowing suspicion in democracy and expressed their fullest support for electoral justice and electronic voting.

The document, published by the editors of newspapers and magazines and the owners of radio and television channels, says that “there is no democracy without freedom of the press” and without “a rule of law based on respect for electoral results.”

All these manifestos veiledly cite some threats made by Bolsonaro, who has even insinuated that he could “ignore” the result of the polls, just as the then president of the United States, Donald Trump, his greatest political reference, did in 2020.

This same Tuesday, Bolsonaro responded to those manifestos and said that those who sign them are “some cheeks”; he assured that his “fight” is for the “freedom” and the “TRUE” and guaranteed that “no one wants a hit”, but insisted that the Armed Forces “supervise” the elections, a thesis already rejected by the Electoral Justice.

In addition to disqualifying electronic voting, in an interview with a local radio station he once again praised the values ​​“conservatives”, waved the ghost of the “hammer and sickle” and quoted the “failure” of what he calls “communism” in countries like Argentina and Venezuela.

Leaving aside the electoral rhetoric, Brazil continues with high inflation, high unemployment rates and growing poverty, which Lula underlines in his campaign, evoking the boom that was experienced during his administration (2003-2010), with growth around at 4% per year.

This country grew, generated jobs, distributed income, created universities, technical schools, increased salaries” and above all, “he took care of the poorest, which is what a ruler should do”, underlined Lula in one of his last acts.

On the other side of the campaign, a dozen candidates are still working to present themselves as an alternative to Lula and Bolsonaro, despite the fact that none of them reaches 10% of the support in the polls.

The one who ranks best is Labor Party member Ciro Gomes, with 8%, but who faces serious difficulties in building alliances beyond his own political field, to the point that so far he has not found a vice-presidential candidate to complete his formula.

That was also suffered by Senator Simone Tebet, a candidate from three center-right parties, who on Tuesday finally announced a formula “100% female” with fellow senator Mara Gabrilli, in order to try to improve her 2% vote intention and target women, who represent 53% of the electorate.

Source: Gestion

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