The president of Brazil, Jair Bolsonarocampaigning for his re-electionHe said this Thursday that “power only emanates from the people when they choose correctly” their representatives and insinuated that former president and favorite candidate Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva looking for “a life project of power”.
“We know what is at stake, I am sure that in the future we will look back and be proud before these children of what we did in 2022,” the far-right leader said at a rally, on his first day of campaigning in the state of São Paulo, the largest electoral college in the country.
The president, who usually puts Venezuela and Cuba as examples of countries where power does not emanate from the people, considering them “dictatorships”, asked his followers vote next October 2nd “with reason and not with emotion”. “Make comparisons, see what is happening in other South American countries. Those people, they are all united, they are members of the Sao Paulo Forum”, of Latin American progressive formations, and “they are not fighting for the good of the people, but for a project lifetime power,” said the retired Army captain.
Likewise, he once again raised the presidential ones as “a fight of good against evil“, which he identified with “red color”. “We know what we need to continue being a prosperous country and a democratic and free country (…). We are in favor of freedom above all”, he underlined and later reiterated his defense of the traditional family and his rejection of “gender ideology” and the “liberation of drugs“.
He also asked for the vote for his former Minister of Infrastructure Tarcísio Gomes de Freitas, candidate for the Government of Sao Paulo, who, like him, also appears in second place in the voting intentions.
In the presidential race, Lula, who governed Brazil between 2003 and 2010, would win the elections October with more than 40% of the support, compared to the 30% that Bolsonaro would obtain, in power since January 2019, according to all the polls. For the Governor of Sao Paulo, the richest and most populous state in the country, the former mayor and former minister Fernando Haddad, Lula’s candidate, would prevail with about 30% of the votes, compared to the 12% that Gomes de Freitas would achieve.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.