The former Brazilian president Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva called on Monday “all political forces” to unite around his candidacy to defeat the current ruler, Jair Bolsonaroin the second round of the elections.
“We have to close agreements and talk with all those who did not vote for us,” said Lula, after a meeting with his campaign committee, following his victory in the presidential elections on Sunday with 48.4% of the vote, against 43.2% obtained by the far-right leader.
The objective of Lula, who governed Brazil between 2003 and 2010, is now to form a broader “democratic bloc” than the progressive coalition of ten parties with which he presented himself to this election quote and for this it intends to add the candidates defeated in the first round.
In this context, the president of the Workers’ Party (PT) and coordinator of the campaign, Gleisi Hoffmanannounced that they have already contacted the Democratic Labor Party (PDT), whose standard-bearer was Cyrus Gomez, today at odds with Lula.
“We would very much like to have Cyrus Gomes in the campaign” and also to Senator Simone Tebbetcandidate of the Brazilian Democratic Movement (MDB, center-right), expressed Hoffmann.
Tebeth, which gained in popularity after its appearances in television debates, was the big surprise in the first round of the elections, coming in third place with 4.1% of the support. Gomes was fourth with 3.0%.
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Both add up to 8.5 million votes that Lula’s campaign considers crucial to secure victory in the ballot.
Hoffmann also extended that call to Soraya Thronicke, a candidate for the Presidency for Unión Brasil (center-right), a party with which they have also begun to speak.
Lula He also wanted to send an alert message to the PT’s own militancy: “Starting tomorrow, it’s less to talk to each other and more to the voter; we don’t need to talk with those who already voted for us, but with those who don’t seem to. make”.
In this context, he insinuated that part of the efforts for the next four weeks of the campaign will be devoted to São Paulo and Minas Geraisthe two largest electoral colleges in the country and where it obtained worse results than expected.