Simone Tebet, the unexpected candidate

The center-right senator Simone Tebet burst into the electoral scene in Brazil this Sunday, which will elect its president in the second round, and surprised as the third most voted option, with 4.19% of the votes in the presidential elections, displacing Labor Ciro Gomes (3.05%), an important figure in recent decades.

Despite the fact that the polls placed him fourth, Tebet, 52 years old and champion of the traditional Brazilian Democratic Movement (MDB), managed to come back in the final stretch of the campaign and obtained 4.8 million votes, out of 1.3 million. of votes more than Gomes.

Born in Tres Lagoas, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, the senator gained momentum especially after the last television debate between presidential candidates held last Thursday on Globo television, the country’s largest audience.

Before the television cameras, Tebet was ratified as an alternative between President Jair Bolsonaro and former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, who will meet in a close second round on October 30.

The daughter of the renowned and now deceased senator Ramez Tebet, Simone Tebet began to trace her career for the Presidency during the open commission of inquiry against Bolsonaro in Parliament for his management of the pandemic, which has left nearly 700,000 dead in the country.

During the campaign, Tebet emphasized the fact that she is a woman and an experienced parliamentarian and focused her proposals on education and the fight against hunger, which has increased dramatically in recent years in Brazil during the Bolsonaro government.

Despite owning large farms, Tebet has defended a “sustainable” agribusiness in the campaign, compatible with the environment, and has been in favor of “zero deforestation”.

Ciro Gomes in an electoral act of the elections in Brazil.

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The decline of Ciro Gomes

The rise of Tebet also meant the decline of Gomes, Lula’s main rival in the progressive camp and with whom he has disputed a part of the electorate. The candidate of the Democratic Labor Party (PDT, for its acronym in Portuguese), a historical reference of the center-left, aspired for the fourth time to the Presidency of Brazil, but saw his new attempt frustrated.

Gomes, who was Lula da Silva’s minister and does not hide his rancor with the leader of the Workers’ Party (PT), lost a large part of his political capital in these elections, after obtaining only 3.5 million votes, against the 13.3 million he earned in 2018, when he finished in third place.

During the electoral race, the Labor Party has reiterated being the victim of an “immoral” campaign against him to favor the former trade unionist, with whom he broke all his ties on the eve of the 2018 campaign, when the former trade unionist was imprisoned for alleged corruption. .

Gomes tried to replace Lula as the candidate of the Workers’ Party, he did not have support and he launched himself, in a campaign in which, as now, he was as harsh with the left as with the extreme right that ended up bringing Bolsonaro to power . After voting this Sunday, Gomes came to suggest the end of his political career: “Maybe the time has come to take care of my life.”

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