This is the beginning of a pitched battle, fought hand-to-hand. As the presidential campaign resumed after a tighter-than-expected first round between leftist candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva (48.4%) and outgoing far-right president Jair Bolsonaro (43.2%), great maneuvers have begun. In a Brazil divided in two, with a second round on October 30 in the objective, now everyone is called to choose their side.
The most anticipated rally took place on Wednesday, October 5. Senator Simone Tebet, who was third in the first round with 4.2% of the votes, formalized her support for Lula. “It is not possible to remain in the omission of neutrality”, she said. The two personalities appreciate and respect each other. METERme Tebet “I will not return to Mato Grosso do Sul Lula declared, giving this moderate centrist a glimpse of a lead ministry in the event of victory.
Chosen from this large soybean-producing state in the center-west of the country, close to the agribusiness sector, the senator and her unequivocal support are proving particularly valuable to the leftist leader. “Simone Tebet can help Lula win back this conservative rural interior electorate, which remains very hostile to the Workers’ Party [PT] »says political scientist Isabela Kalil, an anthropologist specializing in the Brazilian right.
No instructions to vote
On Tuesday, Ciro Gomes, fourth man in the presidential election, with a disappointing score (3%), decided to join -reluctantly- the candidacy of the former metallurgical trade unionist. “It is the only solution between two unsatisfactory options”admitted in a short video the leader of the Democratic Labor Party, whose leadership has unanimously chosen to support Lula, against whom Gomes has waged a bitter campaign for months.
Representing more than 7% of the vote, or 8.4 million voters, including Mme Tebet and Gomes should, at first glance, ensure an easy win for Lula, who came within a hair’s breadth (1.8 million votes) of winning in the first round. But the game will not be that easy, as evidenced by the divisions that cross various formations of the Brazilian big board. The Brazilian Democratic Movement of Simone Tebet did not give voting instructions to his followers.
Founded in the 1960s as the only legal opposition to the military dictatorship, this centrist party has over the years become the symbol of an opportunistic and often corrupt establishment. Some of its most eminent members, such as former president Michel Temer (2016-2018), who defeated Dilma Rousseff, or deputy Sergio Souza, head of the influential agribusiness lobby in the Chamber of Deputies, both announced their support for Jair Bolsonaro. .
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