On Sunday More than 150 million Brazilians are summoned to settle one of the most polarized elections remembered in the countrybut at the same time one with the predictably clearer results, as revealed by the polls that have not questioned the victory of the former president for months Luiz Inacio Lula da Silvawho could even win in the first round.
And it is that since the candidate of the Workers’ Party (PT) recovered his political rights after his sentences were annulled, there has been no poll that has not put him back in the Planalto Palace twelve years later.
Aware of this, the candidate for re-election for the Liberal Party (PL), Jair Bolsonaro, has focused his campaign on to question the Brazilian electoral system and to remember the past with the Justice of its rivalwhile facing a sharp drop in his popularity, always in question, although even more so after his management of the pandemic.
Brazilians not only elect president and vice president, but also the governorships of the 27 states of the country, as well as the complete renovation of the Chamber of Deputies, part of the Senate and the representatives of the state legislative assemblies
Brazil will decide its future at a time when has to deal with record inflation rates, past inequality, unemployment, and the ravages of the pandemicas long as there is fear that Bolsonaro will not recognize the results of the electionsafter he has been appealing numerous times to the Army and questioning the Supreme Court.
Up to eleven candidates have presented themselves for these elections. Nevertheless, only Lula and Bolsonaro are shown as real options to be elected. Both staged a new confrontation in the last electoral debate televised by the Globo network, the most followed in Brazil.
That was the last option that Bolsonaro had to win the ballot of the undecided to at least reach the second round on October 30. Lula, on the other hand, hoped to leave the matter closed and gain that useful vote that his team has been claiming from those who still trust that weak third way headed by Ciro Gomes and Simone Tebetwith more media than electoral weight.
The latest Datafolha survey published this Wednesday reflects not only that Lula is close to 50 percent of the votes needed to win on Sunday, but 46 percent of Gomes voters and 38 percent of Tebet voters admit they could change their vote on the 2ndenough to decide the dispute.
Bolsonaro vs. Squid
Brazil experienced one of its most prosperous periods coinciding with the Lula government between 2003 and 2010. With hardly any economic reforms, the great demand for raw materials from abroad allowed the former president to implement a series of social aid policies with which he managed to lift some 30 million people out of poverty. His reelection in 2018 seemed clear, according to the polls, but his conviction and his subsequent entry into prison put an end to the intentions of the PT.
The great beneficiary was Bolsonaro, an old acquaintance of Brazilian politics who had been walking around the country’s institutions for years under the acronym of the party that most and best represented his interests at that time. His promises of order in the streets -with the right to bear arms as a flag-punishing the corruption of the PT and fighting the left for its policies against tradition and the conventional family managed to convince Brazilians.
Now, four years later, Lula promises to combat the economic crisis with policies to boost consumption, repeal the spending ceiling law and a progressive tax reform with which to tax large fortunes. Completely nationalize the electricity company Eletrobras, launch a major public works plan to generate employment and put an end to the indiscriminate exploitation of the Amazonare other of his promises.
Bolsonaro, for his part, will continue with his plans to continue privatizing state companiessuch as Eletrobras, the Correios postal service and the always questionable Petrobrasafter corruption ran rampant during the PT mandates, with which he hopes to make one of his campaign promises possible, to have the cheapest fuel in the world.
Both have promised to increase investment in social policies to reduce inequality. Secondlythe Amazon is the pending account of the two. Although Lula’s rhetoric is different from Bolsonaro’s -The far-right promotes the presence of illegal extractors of raw materials and is against delimiting indigenous lands– The PT candidate paid for his social policies thanks to the exports of Brazilian agribusiness, to the detriment of the original communities that live in the region.
This Sunday the Brazilians not only elect president and vice president, but also the governorships of the 27 federal entities of the country, as well as the complete renovation of the Chamber of Deputies, part of the Senate and the representatives of the state legislative assemblies.
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