important maneuvers and last rallies before the second round

This is the beginning of a pitched, hand-to-hand battle. With the resumption of the presidential campaign after a tighter than expected first round between the leftist candidate Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva (48.4%) and the outgoing far-right president Jair Bolsonaro (43.2%), the big maneuvers. In a Brazil cut in two, with a second round on October 30 in the goal, everyone is now called to choose their team.

The most anticipated rally took place on Wednesday 5 October. Senator Simone Tebet, third in the first round with 4.2% of the votes, has 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. M.myself Tebetto “Will not return to Mato Grosso do Sul Lula said, giving this moderate centrist a taste of a leading ministry in case of victory.

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Elected to this large soy-producing state in the center-west of the country, close to the agri-food sector, the senator and her unequivocal support are proving particularly valuable to the left-wing leader. “Simone Tebet can help Lula regain this conservative rural interior electorate, still very hostile to the Workers’ Party [PT]says political scientist Isabela Kalil, an anthropologist specializing in the Brazilian right.

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On Tuesday Ciro Gomes, fourth man in the presidential elections, with a disappointing score (3%), decided to join – with bad grace – the candidacy of the former metalworking trade unionist. “It is the only solution between two unsatisfactory options”the leader of the Democratic Labor Party, whose leadership unanimously chose to support Lula, against whom Gomes has campaigned bitterly for months, admitted in a short video.

Representing over 7% of the votes, or 8.4 million voters in total, Mmyself Tebet and Mr. Gomes should, at first glance, ensure an easy victory for Lula, who came within a hair (1.8 million votes) of winning the first round. But the game will not be so easy, as evidenced by the divisions that cross several formations of the great Brazilian chessboard. Simone Tebet’s Brazilian Democratic Movement has not given voting instructions to its supporters.

Founded in the 1960s as the only legal opposition to the military dictatorship, this center party has over the years become the symbol of an opportunistic and often corrupt establishment. Some of its most prominent members, such as former president Michel Temer (2016-2018), who defeated Dilma Rousseff, or deputy Sergio Souza, head of the influential agri-food lobby in the Chamber of Deputies, have both announced their support for Jair Bolsonaro.

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